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EaterWire: The LaFrieda 'Black Label', DOH'ings, the Future of Limelight, and More

FLATIRON— Blackbook's Q&A with the Hotel Gansevoort's Michael Achenbaum reminds us of a new, long ways off, project, reported by Curbed in May: "We’re also in construction at 29th and Park, so we’ll be in business in 2010—a big hotel with a special pool area. Our signature element is a rooftop pool and bar...We’re doing a small bar with the One Group for a high-end lounge." [BB via Cutlets]

FLATIRON— Steve Lewis reports that the space that held the club Limelight (and The Avalon) will finally be in use again, but not as a club. Joe Dirosa will now be renting it out: " company has worked out a joint venture with Ashkenazy to exclusively handle renting the space formerly known as Limelight as a place for film, TV, corporate and special events, and what I call branded experiences. I SAY THIS WITH NO UNCERTAINTY THAT THE PLACE WILL NOT BE A NIGHTCLUB." [GNML]

UPPER WEST SIDE— The Strongbuzz reports that a third branch of the Maoz vegetarian chain will hit the Upper West Side this fall and that Sean Josephs (a former sommelier at Primehouse and husband of Tia Pol's Mani Dawes) will be opening a Southern BBQ spot on Smith Street. [Strongbuzz]

DUMBO— Cutlets reports that meat man Pat LaFrieda has created a proprietary super expensive new meat mixture for certain chefs. And where will he debut his "black label" mix? The Rachael Ray Burger Bash of course, on October 10. [Cutlets]

DOH CHRONICLES— We hear from the tipline that both Smiler's on 54th and Madison and El Paso Taqueria on E 97th St. have been hit by the DOH. [EaterWire]

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