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Black Ant Team Plans El Temerario; Lots of Plywood Goes Up on East 8th Street

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Plus, a French cafe is coming to Park Slope and more.

Doug Matey

Greenwich Village: Lots of changes are coming to a block of East 8th Street near NYU. An outlet of the coffee chainlet Joe is moving into one of Crumbs many shuttered locations at 37 East 8th Street, and Somtum Der's owners are getting ready to open Kiin Thai on that block. The Nut Box has shuttered, and a tipster sends word that more changes are coming to the block. Stay tuned. [PLYWOOD]

 El Temerario

Chelsea: Jorge Guzman Hospitality, which runs the Black Ant and Ofrenda, is working on El Temerario in the old Tello's space at 198 8th Avenue. The restaurant will serve Mexican-ish street food and be open 24 hours a day. There are plans for a DJ booth upstairs on a mezzanine. The team is also working on opening Gardenia and a yet-to-be named cafe and wine bar. [PLYWOOD]

Upper West Side: Saffron Indian Cuisine is moving into the home of Mughlai at 320 Columbus Avenue. Owner Raju Brahmhatta plans to make some cosmetic changes and open late March or early April. [West Side Rag]

Upper West Side: Asian fusion restaurant Amber is moving just around the corner to 103 West 70th street into the former home of Barrique. A rent hike reportedly brought the monthly rent for Amber's old space up to $70,000, which may have prompted the move.  [West Side Rag]

Park Slope: A French-inspired place called The Estaminet Brooklyn is moving into 107A 7th Avenue. Details are scant at the moment, but according to signage, expect, "a hug in a mug, coffee, and more." So it looks like this is a coffee shop. [Park Slope Stoop]

Bushwick: A non-descript Indian restaurant announced itself at 1703 Broadway with a green, red, and white sign simply saying "Coming Soon...Indian Restaurant." [Brownstoner]

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