Tahini, the falafel joint formerly known as Chickpea and then Kosher Village, may not be long for this world. Expansion-minded chef Michael "Bao" Huynh confirms earlier rumors today that he's taking over the space on 23 3rd Avenue at St. Mark's Place and will open a cheesesteak joint there by March 1. Located just a couple blocks from cheesesteak specialist 99 Miles to Philly, this will be called Mikey's Cheese Steak and it will serve an "Old School Style Philly" cheesesteak, as well as a Korean version, a Mexican version, and an Italian version. There will be no Vietnamese version, Bao says, because he doesn't want to compete with his Baoguette restaurant around the corner. Also on the menu: hot dogs, sausages, and milk shakes. He hopes to keep the place open until 4 AM to satisfy the hungry crowds coming from Webster Hall.
A worker at Tahini said he doesn't know yet what will happen to the business, but if it does go through as Huynh says, will he remove the "falafel" and "shawarma" lettering painted on the side of the building?
UPDATE The owner of Tahini reached out to say that he has no plans of closing any time soon.
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