BOERUM HILL — Smith Street staple Cubana Cafe has been playing a game of will-they-or-won't-they return for a few months now. The restaurant went dark abruptly in March, hiding behind plywood. The shutter was followed by rumors that the team was just sprucing up the space. Now, the owners have made it official, taking down the plywood and posting this sign in the window. A waitress at the other location in Park Slope confirmed that the restaurant should be back soon.
LOWER EAST SIDE — Former Fat Radish chef Matty Bennett is working on a Southeast Asian-inspired farm to table restaurant called Lucky Bee. The team is on the community board's July agenda for a liquor license, so an opening probably won't happen until early fall, but a website's already up for those who are interested. 252 Broome Street. [BB]
PENN STATION — Perennially popular cupcake spot Magnolia is taking over the recently shuttered Cinnabon space in Penn Station. Magnolia CEO Steve Abrams doesn't sound too happy about the state of Penn Station, telling the Post: "Even in its level of misery over there, we'll be able to serve our customer base." The bakery should open in September. [NYP]
LOWER EAST SIDE — West Village organic wine bar Organika is expanding eastward with plans for a space dubbed Galeria. Expect lots of vegetarian and vegan options. Also, the tiny four table space will double as an art gallery and "concept store." 43 Clinton Street. [BB]
TRIBECA — Fresh off opening a location in Harlem, Italian restaurant chain Serafina just signed a lease for a space downtown. The outpost should open sometime during the spring of 2016. 113 Reade Street. [CO]