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Wahlberg Brothers Expand to Midtown, Maison Kayser Takes Cosi Space, and More Intel

Steve Cuozzo breaks up with Hale & Hearty, plus more restaurant news and gossip.

[The oven/dining room at Emily. Great place for pizza on a chilly Thursday night.]
[The oven/dining room at Emily. Great place for pizza on a chilly Thursday night.]
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The Maison Kayser team just signed a 15 year lease on the old Cosi space at 841 Broadway near Union Square. The bakery will occupy the ground floor corner space and a mezzanine. Kayser currently has seven other Manhattan locations — including one just eight blocks away from this space — and a new store is also in the works for Brooklyn. If everything goes according to plan, the Union Square outpost of Maison Kayser will open in early 2016.

— The Wahlberg brothers are opening a new five-story, 8,300 square foot location of their awful burger restaurant near Times Square. The new Wahlburgers is located at 725 Eighth Avenue, between 44th and 45th streets. No word yet on when it will open. The bros debuted a Coney Island outpost of their restaurant earlier this year.

— Tao Group's new clubstaurant in the Bowery space that previously housed The General will be called Vandal. Chris Santos, of Beauty & Essex and Stanton Social, will serve international street food dishes, and Tao Group is getting famous artists like Hush and Shepard Fairey to create pieces for the new project. It's slated to open in January.

The deliveryman from Red Hook's Ling Gee restaurant who was hit by a falling tree branch earlier this week has died. The incident occurred while workers from a private construction company were removing trees for the Parks Department on Monday. The Parks Department is looking into the incident.

— The Rao's table feud between celebrity detective Bo Dietl and finance guy Christopher Bond is winding down. Bond bought Dietl's table at a charity auction for one night, but got shut down twice when he tried to claim the reservation. Dietl finally texted Bond to say: "No table for you. Get your money back. Like I said, you act like and are a punk. Have a nice day."  Bond tells the Post: " If I ‘get my money back,’ I’m taking $6,000 from sick kids...I wish I could sue him and give the money to charity." Warren Buffet also got denied a reservation at Dietl's table recently.

Hale & Hearty has lost one of its biggest fans: Steve Cuozzo. The Post critic is not happy with the chain's new menu options: "Its new 'Simmers' — not soup at all, but slow-cooked, one-pot stews 'ladled over a delectable savory base of pasta or grain' — tip the scales at up to 825 calories for the short-rib bourguignon on top of ribbon noodles. (Unlike their normal soups, there’s only one size.) Did I say 825 calories, in a place where my choices for more than a decade rarely topped 250?"

— Old Homestead Steakhouse — a restaurant that loves stunts — is serving a $45,000 Thanksgiving dinner. The stuffing inside the turkey is made with foie gras and wagyu beef, and the gravy is infused with Pappy Van Winkle. The bird also contains a two-karat diamond ring, and diners will receive a two-night stay at the Waldorf Astoria.

— In other holiday novelty food news, S'Mac is serving Thanksgiving mac and cheese.

— 1 or 8 is hosting a special "Ultimate Omakase" dinner next Monday, November 23, where Eiji Ichimura (Ichumura at Brushstroke), Kunihide Nakajima (Jado), and Hiroki Odo (Kajitsu) will collaborate with Kazuo Yoshida on the menu. Tickets are $200. To make a reservation, email

The team behind well-reviewed Elmhurst Thai restaurant Plant Love House is expanding to Prospect Heights next month with an establishment called LOOK by Plant Love House.

— And finally, here's how to make pizza like Bobby Hellen of GG's:


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