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Hometown Sprouts Industry City Kitchen, Chipotle Crashes into Williamsburg, and More Intel

Pasquale Jones launches weekend lunch, plus more dining news and gossip from around NYC

[The dining room at Virginia's in the East Village]
[The dining room at Virginia's in the East Village]
Daniel Krieger

Billy Durney is opening a commissary kitchen spinoff of his Red Hook hit Hometown Bar-B-Que in Sunset Park’s sprawling Industry City complex. Durney and his crew will use the space to prepare side dishes and catering orders, and they will run a small shop selling barbecue items during lunch. DNAinfo notes that the space will also feature a 100-seat catering and event hall. Durney is planning to open his Industry City kitchen early next year.

Chipotle is opening a new shop around the corner from the forthcoming Williamsburg Whole Foods on North 4th Street.

— Here’s your daily dose of inspiration, courtesy of hospitality wizard Danny Meyer:

Pastry chef Tracy Obolsky, formerly of North End Grill and Cookshop, is planning to open a new bakery in Averne this summer called The Rockaway Beach Bakery. The chef also plans to sell some of her baked goods as well as sandwiches from a VW van on the beach.

Dominique Ansel is gearing up to open a two-story location of his eponymous bakery in the Belgravia district of London. The shop will sell Cronuts, Frozen S'mores, Cookie Shots, and DKAs, plus a few location-specific items. It’s slated to open this fall.

— Yesterday, a dedication ceremony was held at The Stonewall Inn to celebrate its new status as a national monument.

The Village tavern, which was site of the historic protests that gave birth to the modern gay rights movement, became a city landmark last summer, and now it's the first national monument to LGBT rights.

Little Italy hot spot Pasquale Jones is now serving lunch on Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant will be debuting its patio seating this weekend, and daily lunch is on the way.

The cursed space at 422 East 9th Street that previously housed King Bee now has a new tenant. Signage is up in the window for a Korean restaurant called Thursday Kitchen. EV Grieve reports that the new small plates cafe is expected to open in about two weeks. King Bee closed earlier this month.

— The vendor behind the Biryani Cart on the corner of 46th Street and Sixth Avenue just opened another cart next door serving Philly-style cheesesteaks. It’s called Butcher’s Choice.

A woman was stabbed inside the Koyzina Kafe on Williams Street in the Financial District yesterday morning. The stabbing happened after an argument between the woman and a man, who the police took into custody at the restaurant. She was taken to Bellevue in serious but non life-threatening condition.

Top Chef Season 13 contestant Frances Tariga-Weshnak is the chef at the forthcoming revival of pan-Asian clubstaurant Megu in the Dream Downtown Hotel.

— And finally, here’s a look at the Hellboy pizza from Paulie Gee’s: