— The Boxcar Lounge quietly closed last month after 18 years in business. Local writer and party producer Abby Ehmann is taking over the space at 168 Avenue B to open a bar called Lucky.
— Brooklyn Flea will decamp from Williamsburg and set up shop in Dumbo this summer.
— The Trump for President signs that appeared in a window in an East Village Starbucks yesterday have been removed. According a company spokesman, they were not authorized. Ironically, the building is possibly owned Jared Kushner, who is married to Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka but is also a staunch Democrat.
— The Cinnamon Snail is also not endorsing Trump. Quite the opposite, in fact:
— On March 21, The Four Horsemen will host a dinner featuring by-the-glass pours of natural wines selected Zev Rovine of ZRS wines. The wines will range in price from $12 to $16 per glass and will be served alongside Chef Nick Curtola’s a la carte dinner menu, with special desserts from Blanca and Roberta's alum Katy Peetz. Reservations and walk-in's are available.
— Vicki Freeman and Marc Meyer are gathering chefs from their various restaurants (Cookshop, Rosie's, Hundred Acres and Vic’s ) to offer a one night dim sum dinner, replete with carts and a ticketing system. The event will be held at Vic's on April 12. Tickets are $75 and available by calling 212-253-5700.
— Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apparently not heard the expression "when in Rome," as he had Montreal-style deli Mile End cater one of his speeches. He even visited Mile End for lunch later in the week, as this photo from Mile End's Facebook page reveals.
According to the prime minister's Twitter, he ate Mile End's popular smoked meat.
Great to get a taste of Montreal in New York! Merci de m’avoir accueilli. https://t.co/sxH1RIjuxC— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 17, 2016
— East Village cocktail lounge Drexler's will roll out weekend brunch service this coming Saturday. There will be bagels from Black Seed, gumbo from The Gumbo Bros., and an extensive cocktail list, including something called a Mediterranean Bloody Mary, which comes garnished with coppa calabrese, mozzarella, and cherry tomato.
— Not to be outdone, Chef Eduard Frauneder is also launching brunch this weekend over at the newly minted Freud. The menu includes a vegetarian breakfast sandwich with cauliflower, eggs, 5 spoke Tumbleweed cheese, and smoked onions on a Kaiser roll.
— An argument at Peter Dillon's Pub in Midtown yesterday ended in violence. One carpenter slashed another one in the chin at about 4 p.m. The victim, 55, was intoxicated and required eight stitches.
— Detroit natives Max and Eli Susan of Samesa fame will throw a "coneys and karaoke party" at Humboldt and Jackson on April 1. On offer will be unlimited Detroit-style hot dogs, burgers, shots, and possibly Faygo soda. Tickets available via email.
— Finally, here is an ode to Katz's pastrami: