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2007_09_renzo.jpgVia press release from Forest City Ratner, this: "Andrew and Jonathan Schnipper, the brothers who founded New York’s innovative Hale and Hearty Soup chain, have leased 3,200 square feet at the corner of Eighth Avenue and 41st Street for their first new 'concept' restaurant, an updated version of a classic roadside eatery serving burgers, salads and other American favorites in a fast casual, relaxed setting. The 20-year lease also includes 1,000 square feet of outdoor seating." That building, by the way, is the new New York Times headquarters, whose final restaurant lineup now reads as follows: Montenapo, casual Italian from the Bice Restaurant Group; Inakaya, the 'robatayaki'-style Japanese restaurant; a 60-seat Dean & DeLuca Café; and, er, the roadhouse. [~E~]

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