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The Plywood Report: Sonia Rose, AQ Kafe, Village Pourhouse, and More!

1) Lower East Side: Bowery Boogie brings word that Gary Thompson's Sonia Rose is getting closer to opening on Orchard St. According to the menu in the window the preview prix fixe will be $20.08: "This newest neighborhood eatery was actually a Murray Hill mainstay in the nineties before shuttering, and will reportedly re-open for business by summer's end...Owned by chef Gary Thompson, we can most likely expect extreme prices that cater to uptowners and bridge-and-tunnel folk alike." [PLYWOOD]

2) Columbus Circle: According to Zagat Buzz, Marcus Sameulsson's newest New York Project AQ Cafe is getting closer to opening, but with a new name: "...the windows are papered with photos and names of Scandinavian goodies. Interestingly, the sign outside spells the restaurant’s name as “Kafé” (rather than original's “cafe”), and the otherwise similar menu presents one glaring omission: the popular Nordic Cuban sandwich." [PLYWOOD]

3) Financial District: Feisty Foodie submits a photo of the new Yorganic going into former Wall St. Art Gallery at 3 Hanover Square. [PLYWOOD]

4) Morningside Heights: Eating in Translation sends in a shot of the new outpost of the Village Pourhouse, opening soon on Amsterdam Ave. [PLYWOOD]

5) Morningside Heights And while we're up here, Eating in Translation has another good plywood shot, this one of a new Wondee Siam branch going in on Amsterdam Ave: "...almost across the street from the well-regarded Thai Market, Wondee Siam IV will occupy a narrow but quite deep space formerly occupied by the B. Cohen hardware store. The owners plan a September opening, a staffer at the original Wondee said on Saturday." [PLYWOOD]

6) Park Slope: The recently shuttered Tea Lounge already has a replacement moving in. No word on what the new space will be, so intel is appreciated. [PLYWOOD]

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