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Thursday Opening Report: Poco Certified Open, Kajitsu Tomorrow, Ignazio's Next Week

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1) East Village: NY Mag reports the opening of Kajitsu a kaiseki style Japanese restaurant opening up on ninth street. Chef Masato Nishihara "plans to expand his Shojin horizons here by incorporating American produce in his set menus ($45 and $65). They’ll also feature soba, made daily, and fu, the protein-packing building block of Shojin cuisine made from gluten and rice flour." Status: Taking reservations for the soft opening tomorrow. Official opening t.b.a. 414 E. 9th St., nr. First Ave. 212-228-4873

2) Hell's Kitchen: The New York Post brings news of a new pizzeria opening up in Hell's Kitchen: "Steve Grillo has transformed himself from Howard Stern's onetime sidekick to pizza poo bah, opening Hell's Kitchen Pizza at 47th Street and Tenth Avenue with partner Russ Brunelli. Their 'Hellfire' pie features sausage, cherry peppers and pepperoni. Grillo said he'd invite Stern, 'but he doesn't eat pizza.'" Status: Open. 691 Tenth Avenue, nr. 47th Street. 212-765-8565

3) Dumbo: Thrillist and the Brooklyn Heights Blog get the buzz going on Ignazios a long-delayed pizza spot opening in Dumbo. From Thrillist: "Perched under the Brooklyn Bridge like a troll who just wants to feed you, Ig's comes from a Texan-by-way-of-Brooklyn pizzologist who sold his crazy successful Hartford operation to bravely open a joint right on Grimaldi's doorstep." Status: Not open. A call to the restaurant puts the opening at next Tuesday or Wednesday. 4 Water St., Brooklyn; 718-522-2100.

4) Midtown: Midtown Lunch announces the arrival of St. Andrew's Scottish Pub in the old Kati Roll space on 46th Street: "A call to the new location confirms? the old 44th Street location is now closed, and the new St. Andrews officially opened yesterday on 46th with full food service." Status: Open. 140 West 46th Street, btw 6th and Broadway.

5) East Village: EV Grieve reports the opening of Poco on Avenue B. A sign outside boasts a cycle of 20 drinks for $25. Status: Open. 33 Avenue B, at Third Street. 212.229.4461

6) More East Village: Again from EV Grieve we hear about La Bonne Bouffe opening up on Avenue B: "La Bonne Bouffe, a new cafe-bakery-small-plates-type place, is now open on the corner of Avenue B and Second Street. This is the third cafe-bakery-small-plates place to open since January on Avenue B between Second Street and Seventh Street...LBB joins Coyi Cafe and Paradiso. Oh, and with this opening...we are down to 21 empty storefronts on Avenue B." Status: Open. Corner of Avenue B and Second Street.
— Bailly Roesch

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