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The Plywood Report: Studio Square, Maoz, Mole, and More

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1) Long Island City: From the press box: "Located in Long Island City, Queens, New York, Studio Square (S2) an 18,000 sq. ft. beer garden, is set to open its doors in May, 2009...cash only menu will feature German and American grill favorites including high-quality German Bratwurst, Certified Black Angus Hamburgers, Beef and Chicken Kebobs and Pulled Pork Sandwiches..over 15 imported, domestic and craft beers on draft." [PLYWOOD]

2) Williamsburg: A branch on the LES Mexican spot Mole is planning to open in the Northside Piers building at North 4th and Kent. Says one astute tipster: "Doubt they can hang on until the construction is finished though..." [PLYWOOD]

3) Midtown: Midtown Lunch reports that the old Sahara Grill space on 40th and 7th is going to be replaced by a new branch of Maoz, the vegetarian/falafel place: "I doubt it will supplant Olympic Pita (on 38th btw. 5+6th) as my favorite falafel in the area- but it does set up the inevitable Maoz vs. Crisp falafel chain showdown." [PLYWOOD]

4) Williamsburg: Our roving photog notices a spot called Rockin' Raw is opening on North 8th between Bedford and Driggs. [PLYWOOD]

5) Astoria: A tipster sends in the above photo of a new diner coming to Astoria. Located in what used to be a hair salon, it will be called Tasty's. [PLYWOOD]

6) Park Slope: Sayeth the Brownstoner: "According to a recent email from Ideal Properties, a restaurateur recently inked a five-year lease on the commercial space at 216 Flatbush Avenue where he plans to open a Mediterranean spot." [PLYWOOD]

7) Astoria New York Knife & Fork brings word a spot called Bare Burger serving up organic burgers is opening up on 34th Street and 31st Avenue in Queens. [PLYWOOD]

8) East Village: Some unsurprising but unconfirmed plywood rumormongering: a tipster tells us the old Five Roses space on 1st Ave next to the Momo Noddle Bar is going to become...another pizza place. [PLYWOOD]

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