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1) Downtown Brooklyn: Brownstoner grabs a pic of the plywood shed that now surrounds the future Shake Shack site at the Fulton Mall in Downtown Brooklyn. Now that the Connecticut branch is open, this should be the next Shack to debut. [PLYWOOD]

2) East Village: There's also some signage up in the former Cafe Hanover/Mondo Kim's space on St. Mark's Place, notes EV Grieve. Best of luck to the coming N.Y.C. Tofu House. [PLYWOOD]
3) Fidi: A tipster sends in a photo of The Irish-American, which is replacing the recently shuttered John Street Bar & Grill. [PLYWOOD]

4) Midtown: Chicago sandwich chain Potbelly's already opened a location in the Financial District and one on 44th Street. Rock Center is coming soon, and now Midtown Lunch notices that signage for a new location just went up at 37th St. and 7th Ave. [PRE-PLYWOOD]

5) Upper West Side: West Side Rag reports that Cafe Con Leche, the beloved Cuban restaurant on the Upper West Side, has closed its doors to make way for some other culinary venture. What that is exactly, is not so clear. The restaurant’s answering machine says it’s going to be a French take-out joint, but a sign posted outside the spot says it will be a Kosher Steak and Sushi restaurant. [PLYWOOD]

6) Park Slope: Here’s Park Slope blogs about Caramello Italian Bakery and Cafe, a new sweet spot predominantly influenced by the owner Nicoletta Grippo’s traditional Italian family recipes. Nicoletta was formerly a fourth generation owner of a gelateria in Vancouver called Dolce Amore, but she has ventured off into Brooklyn and is bringing her love for gelato, pastries and pies with her. The cafe will feature these as well as little pizzas, sandwiches, beer and wine. All of the baked goods will be made in house. [PLYWOOD]

7) East Village: Fans of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern goodies can look forward to a sweet surprise on E. 9th St. in the coming months, according to DNAInfo. Zohar Zohar will be using traditional dates, pecans, cardamom and cloves for items at Zucker Bakery rather than raisins and chocolate chips. [PLYWOOD]

8) Lower East Side: Bowery Boogie gives a thorough update on the facade transformation of Taverna de Bocco, the long anticipated Southern Italian joint to open at 175 Ludlow St. While the menu is still a mystery, rumors of garden dining abound and SLA committee-permitting, a night time bar. [POST-PLYWOOD]

9) Brooklyn Heights: Bahn mi and boba fans can get excited for the coming arrival of Hanco's to the space at 147 Montague Street, according to Brooklyn Heights Blog. [PLYWOOD]

10) Prospect Heights: Prospect Heights Patch brings us a first look at Chuko, ramen joint to open in the former Nick's Diner space the week of August 8th. The Morimoto-trained duo describe the root of ramen as a comfort, diner food, and their restaurant as aiming to resemble the spirit of ramen eating in Japan: a casual, but quality meal for all times of day. [POST-PLYWOOD]

11) Lower East Side: Bowery Boogie spots a new soon to open espresso bar by a currently anonymous host at 250 Broome Street, and the workers renovating the space have stayed loyal refusing to reveal inside info about what exactly is to come. The mystery owners posted a cryptic sign in the window reading "The Best Espresso comes to those who wait!" [PLYWOOD]


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