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The Plywood Report: Crudo, May Chen Ramen, Stumptown, Cafe Mei Mei and More

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1) Ace HotelVille: A tipster reports that the Stumptown cafe at the Ace Hotel on Broadway and 29th just received its Bodum French presses this week. An operative who snuck by the plywood bouncers—there to protect the precious Breslin—got a shot of the pretty raw space. [PLYWOOD]

2) Soho: According to Fork in the Road, the space at 31 Crosby Street (formerly women's boutique Burrow) is being turned into a "cafe cum surf shop cum men's clothing boutique" slated to open on August 31. The four partners are still deciding on a coffee purveyor (Stumptown is one of three candidates), with pastries to be baked by one of the owner's girlfriends (who previously worked at BabyCakes). The "cafe and mixed use concept store" will also include an expansive back patio, to be used for outdoor film screenings and private dinners produced in collaboration with meat manufacturer Schaller & Weber. [PLYWOOD]

3) Chelsea: Thrillist reports that a new venture from Chef Rene Henandez of the UES's Don Pedro's will be debuting at 235 W 35th St next Thursday. Crudo will serve a Puerto Rican/DR/Cuban menu of raw plates, tapas and mains, created by the El Bulli trained exec chef. Sneak a peak at the menu here. [PLYWOOD]

4) East Village: Grub Street reports that last night's opening party was packed for May Chen Ramen and Robatayaki, the new ramen joint at 2nd Avenue and 7th Street. Despite initially receiving flack for replacing "beloved kitsch den" Love Saves the Day with yet another noodle spot, both communal tables and seats at the ramen bar were full. According to EV Grieve, a restaurant worker says the spot will open to the public "next week". [PLYWOOD]

5) Cobble Hill: Brownstoner posts that the former Jill's Cafe space at 231 Court Street is reopening as Cafe Mei Mei. Their interim website says the menu will be American seasonal, with a focus on seafood. [PLYWOOD]

6) Upper West Side: Kosher-NY reports that Hummus Place is about to open a fifth Manhattan location at 2608 Broadway between 98th and 99th Street in the former La Creperie space. Expect an August debut. [PLYWOOD]

7) Chelsea: Jeremiah's Vanishing New York claims that the Chelsea Liquors space at 119 9th Avenue has been rented. In November 2007, Morris Moinian's Fortuna Realty bought the building at 112-126 9th Avenue, planning to renovate and upgrade by luring high end retailers to the address' eight retail spaces, according to an Observer article. Mission Accomplished: the shuttered liquor store that inhabited the space for 30 years will be taken over by a Subway sandwiches. [PLYWOOD]

8) Harlem: Zinc Plate Press Blog posts the above photo of the plywood at the new restaurant on Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 112th and 113th streets. The space is rumored to be a Latin-American fusion restaurant called Delish, according to one of the workers revamping the property. A sign has yet to go up to confirm and no word yet as to an opening date. [PLYWOOD]
—Leah Herman

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

212b Pacific Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (347) 416-6741 Visit Website

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