As we already knew, Adam Leonti, the talented chef de cuisine of Marc Vetri's acclaimed, eponymous Philadelphia restaurant Vetri, is leaving his position there early next month and headed to Brooklyn. Philly.com reported last week that he had signed on to a "forthcoming hotel restaurant" in Brooklyn, but until now no one knew where. Today Flo Fab reports that he'll open his yet-unnamed restaurant in the Williamsburg Hotel, on North 10th Street and Wythe Avenue. That, as some may recall, is the hotel that plans to install a bar inside a fake water tower on its roof. Leonti, presumably, will be in charge of that bar, as well as the larger underground bar and the 180-seat restaurant. The whole thing is slated to open later this year, and could give the Wythe Hotel a run for its money.
Meanwhile, in other Brooklyn news, Max and Eli Sussman have opened a pop-up version of their forthcoming Middle Eastern restaurant, Samesa, inside the Smorgasburg team's food/beer hall, Berg'n. It replaces Pizza Moto, which recently closed its counter there, and will offer chicken shawarma on pita bread made in the former pizza oven. Then in late June, the counter that currently houses hybrid food phenomenon Ramen Burger will be replaced by an outpost of the hit Bushwick Vietnamese restaurant Bunker.