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The Plywood Report: Financier Patisserie, Hummus Place, The Vanderbilt and More

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1) Tribeca: Right on the heels of the announcement that fast food chain Checkers is coming to Brooklyn, a tipster reports they plan on opening a branch at 77 Chambers Street as well. We haven't been able to get confirmation from the Checkers HQ yet, but we'll be keeping our eyes on this space. [PRE-PLYWOOD]

2) West Village: Quinto Quarto the new restaurant going in on Bedford and Downing, looks almost ready to open. Workers inside tell us their projection is April 20. [PLYWOOD]

3) Williamsburg: Our roving photog gets a pic of the newest weird addition to Williamsburg, Smoochie Baby, opening op on Berry St. and North St. [PLYWOOD]

4) Midtown East: mrgeneko submits a photo of 983 First Avenue, the soon-to-be new location of a Financier Patisserie, to the Flickr Pool. Midtown workers, rejoice! [PLYWOOD]

5) Fort Greene: The NYT's Forte Greene/Clinton Hill blog brings word of a new Nigerian restaurant set to take over the former dry cleaners space at 120 Lafayette: "On March 23, the community board’s executive committee voted to recommend a liquor license for the restaurant En of Africa at that address. According to the board’s description of the place, 'The venue will hold 8 tables and 16 seats. Background music, small kitchen with African Cuisine.'" [PLYWOOD]

6) East Village: EV Grieve reports that Hummus Place might be expanding to the old Sympathy for the Kettle spot. [PLYWOOD]

7) Midtown: A tipster sends in a photo of Sandwich Planet & Grill, opening soon on 9th Ave. and 39th St. [PLYWOOD]

8) West Village: Another tipster writes in to let us know the covers have come down off of the windows at the Varick St. Eatery on Varick and Downing. [PLYWOOD]

9) Prospect Heights: Big news from Gothamist this morning: "...apparently, the old hardware store on the corner of Vanderbilt and Bergen (across from tapas mainstay Beast) is being renovated and will reopen as a huge, 150-seat, old Brooklyn-style restaurant called The Vanderbilt... A liquor license application for 570 Vanderbilt has been filed with the State Liquor Authority." [PLYWOOD]

10) East Village: Some peculiar news from EV Grieve today. Apparently the new Ramen place at the former Love Saves the Day spot has opted to brick up the windows. It's an interesting design decision, to be sure. Perhaps more conducive to ramen enjoyment? [PLYWOOD]
— Bailly Roesch