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Pizzeria Identity Crisis, Chang's New Hozons, Colonia Verde's Return, and More Intel

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Here's a big stack of fluffy restaurant news — hot off the griddle — with a side of extra-crispy gossip.

[The dining room at Eisenberg's in the Flatiron District]
[The dining room at Eisenberg's in the Flatiron District]
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— The awkward space at 334 Bowery has morphed into something new and weird, again. Four years ago, pizziaolo Giulio Adriani opened Forcella Bowery at this address. He turned one corner of the space into a slice joint in fall of 2013, then he shuttered the sit-down pizzeria and reopened the dining room as a Spanish restaurant last year with a menu from Sue Torres. A few weeks later, he closed the slice joint and started an unmarked "pizza speakeasy" with a $38 prix fixe in the space. After five months of operating the Spanish restaurant/pizza speakeasy hybrid, Adriani turned the larger part of the space into an Italian restaurant called Gia Trattoria.

Now, EV Grieve reports that the pizza speakeasy portion of the space has closed, and signage above the door advertises a new operation called "Bowery Pizza." Will it serve slices? Whole pies? Tapas? It's anyone's guess at this point.

Update: A rep writes in to explain that SRO is actually still open even though paper is up in the windows and there's new signage above, and, actually, "the dining room capacity has now tripled and is much more comfortable."

— David Chang and the Momofuku Lab technicians have created a few new flavors of their fermented hozon paste:

— Wes Anderson, Bill Murray, Bryan Cranston, and Edward Norton had lunch together at Cookshop yesterday.

— Someday soon, you might be able to sip wine on a hammock nestled between grape vines on a rooftop in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. That is the dream of Rooftop Reds, a micro-winery that is trying to get approval from the city for these chill, rooftop "hammock happy hours."

— The team from Colonia Verde in Fort Greene spent the last four months repairing the damage from a fire that tore up the space, but now the restaurant is on track to reopen next Tuesday, June 23.

[Photo by Robert Sietsema]

[Photo by Robert Sietsema]

Sietsema favorite El Bombon in Jackson Heights closed not too long ago. A new Brazilian restaurant is opening in its place called Aroma Brazil. According to a menu in the window, the restaurant will offer buffet-style dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. No word yet on an opening day.

— And finally, Sweet Chick owner John Seymor says he plan to open a third location of his chicken and waffles chain somewhere in NYC, and he's "exploring a few west coast options."

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