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Dosa Royale Closes on Court Street, Whole Foods Bryant Park Signage, and More Intel

Desi Shack bites the dust, plus more news and gossip from around NYC.

[Sweet Maresa's]
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Nick Solares

— Court Street Indian restaurant Dosa Royale closed last week, but owners Heather and Thiru Rajamani plan to open a new version of the cafe at 258 Dekalb Ave in Clinton Hill next month. Heather tells DNAinfo that they decided to close up shop because Dosa Royale was "really only busy on the weekends.," and the rent at the other space is much cheaper. The Rajamanis will continue to operate Dosa Royale stands at Smorgasburg and the Brooklyn Flea. The new iteration of Dosa Royale will have a few new additions to the menu, including kababs and kati rolls.

— Hamdi Ulukaya, the owner of Chobani, is giving his 2,000 full-time employees shares of the company. Ulukaya tells the Times: "I’ve built something I never thought would be such a success, but I cannot think of Chobani being built without all these people....Now they'll be working to build the company even more and building their future at the same time." The decade-old yogurt company is based in New Berlin, NY. The boss gave out shares based on tenure. Two years ago, the company was valued at around $3 billion. If the company is sold for that number or if it goes public, the average employee payout would be $150,000, according to the Times.

— Soon, the East Village will get a new vegan sweet shop called Sweet Maresa's. Here's the signage in the window of the shop at 404 East 9th Street:

Photo by Laura Gurfein

This is a collaboration between a vegan chocolate company and a bakery, both of which are based out of New Paltz, NY.

— Joshua David Stein give three stars out of five to Jesse Tyler Ferguson's new play about a New York restaurant reservationist: "As a divertissement, Fully Committed excels. It is an amuse bouche, as there is no better way to pass an evening other than, perhaps, at Pasquale Jones, Cafe Altro Paradiso, or Le Turtle. But you'll never get a reservation there, anyway. As to whether the play is successful or not, that depends on what you think of foam. For me, foam is fun, but it will never a satisfying meal make."

— Here's an odd observation from the Michelin Man:

— Whole Foods announced itself to Bryant Park this week:

Photo by Laura Gurfein

The new Midtown location of the grocery chain is located at 1095 Sixth Avenue, between 41st and 42nd streets. A large part of this branch will be dedicated to prepared foods and items for take-away.

— A "help wanted" sign is now hanging in the window of Pakistan Tea House on Church Street. The cheap eats destination was recently purchased by the people behind the Baluchi's chain. The new owners closed it for a revamp earlier this year, with plans to reopen the restaurant with a mix of old and new dishes.

— The owners of Blue Dog Cafe are opening new locations of the all-day restaurant/juice bar at 115 E. 27th St. and 37 West 43rd Street.

— Saudi Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd hit up Avenue on Monday night. The Prince and his crew rolled up to the Chelsea club in a caravan of 15 Mercedes-Benz sedans.

— Wolfnights on Rivington is undergoing some renovations right now, but the wrap shop should reopen later this week. The owners recently expanded into the space next door.

— Counter-service Pakistani restaurant Desi Shack closed not too long ago. EV Grieve notes that the owners also operated a location on Lexington Avenue, but that restaurant is also closed. Here's a look at the shuttered space:

[Nick Solares]

— Danish cafe chain Joe & the Juice recently debuted a new location in the Grace Building across the street from Bryant Park. The chain also has two outposts in Soho.

— And finally, here's how to make brick chicken like Marc Forgione:

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