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The Plywood Report: T-Poutine, Checkers, Umi Nom, Cafe Cubana, and More

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Will Femia

1) Lower East Side: Bowery Boogie brings word that T-Poutine "a trendy French fast food joint" that will, of course, serve poutine will open soon on 168 Ludlow. The owner hopes to open in the next three weeks. [PLYWOOD]

2) Downtown Brooklyn: Blog Flappy Days and The Brooklyn Paper report that the old Busy Chef spot on Court Street will soon become an outpost of Florida-based chain Checkers. The burger joint will feature 25-30 seats and "prices better than the rest" when it opens mid-May. [PLYWOOD]

3) East Village: The Dynasty Restaurant on the corner of 14th Street and Avenue B is now the AlphaBet Cafe, according to EV Grieve. Other than the sign, not much seems to have changed about the place. [PLYWOOD]

4) Williamsburg: Our roving photog tells us that the former St. Helen's Cafe space on Wythe and North 8th, which was idle for a while, is now apparently being actively worked on behind the paper. [PLYWOOD]

5) Ditmas Park: Ditmas Park Blog writes that residents will soon get their very own Marlow & Sons-esque gourmet shop, brought to Cortelyou Street by "a couple of enterprising local guys." [PLYWOOD]

6) Park Slope: Here Is Park Slope checks in with the Cubana Cafe guys, who are bringing Cubana magic to the Slope. With an opening date set in July, the new cafe on Sixth Avenue and St. Marks Place will have more of a focus "on fresh fruits and fine rum." [PLYWOOD]

7) Fort Greene: Gothamist takes a look at Umi Nom, the Brooklyn branch of LES's Kuma Inn, slated to open May 1. The owner has received a shipment of "special sake pouring equipment", which should help deal with the twenty sakes he plans to feature by the glass. [PLYWOOD]

8) Hell's Kitchen: A PR rep writes in to alert us to the imminent opening of Agua Dulce a restaurant at 802 Ninth Ave (between 53rd and 54th): "Agua Dulce will serve Pan-Latin cuisine incorporating an abundance of flavors from all Latin regions including the Caribbean, Central and South America. Agua Dulce translates from Spanish ‘Fresh Water’ – evoking the mood of an oasis – a place where people congregate, mingle and rejuvenate themselves." [PLYWOOD]