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Aska 2.0 to Open Next Week, UES Favorite Mimi’s Pizza Closes, and More Intel

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Dun-Well Doughnuts expands to the East Village, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

[The bar at The Odeon]
[The bar at The Odeon]

Fredrik Berselius’s long-awaited Williamsburg restaurant is now slated to open next Tuesday at 47 South 5th Street. The space has a box-shaped main dining room where 12 to 15-course tasting menus will be served, plus a garden and a downstairs lounge. Like his previous Nordic-influenced restaurant, this one will also be called Aska. Reservations are currently available for July 12 and beyond using Tock. The service-included tasting menu price is $215. Stay tuned for more details on the Michelin-starred chef’s newest project next week.

After 59 years in business, the ovens have cooled at Mimi’s Pizza on the corner of Lexington and 84th Street. On Facebook, the owners explain: "Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, we are forced to close our doors. We want to take this opportunity to thank our loyal customers and neighbors on the Upper East Side for your friendship and patronage. " The equipment was auctioned off yesterday. Jeremiah Moss notes that "Bobby Flay used to roll out the dough" here.

— The police found a dead man inside the bathroom of the McDonald’s on East 42nd Street near Fifth Avenue yesterday. The cops believe he shot himself in the head in an apparent suicide.

La Playa NYC, the proposed Ridgewood summer beer garden from the Rockaway Brewing Company, won’t open this summer. The operators were originally planning to get things rolling this month, but they found out that they wouldn’t be able to lock down a liquor license or certificate of occupancy till August. One of the developers tells Queens Crap: "We pulled the plug on the plan....It just became too much."

— The team behind East Williamsburg’s vegan sweets shop Dun-Well Doughnuts is opening a new bakery at 102 St. Mark’s Place:

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EV Grieve points out that this is the space that previously housed Puddin’ by Clio and New York Macaroni Co.

Phil and Leon Hartman are planning to open a new location of their pizzeria hit Two Boots at 86 1/2 Nassau St. in the Financial District. The new restaurant will include a second-floor bar, and, if everything goes according to plan, a rooftop lounge as well. Phil tells DNAinfo: "We're really excited to finally have a space we love down here....It's a growing, changing neighborhood, and one that we think is lacking in premium pizza." It’s slated to open in October.

Tiny Mott Street hot spot Mr. Donahue’s is now open for lunch seven days a week. All the options for dinner are currently available, including the prime rib and pork cheeks, and the team plans to add some sandwiches to the lunch menu as well.

Bill Cunningham was a regular at the Stage Star Deli in Midtown. The late Times street style photographer would order oatmeal, toast, eggs, and coffee almost every morning, and around the end of the year, he would snap a staff photo and present it to the restaurant as a holiday gift. Kitchen crew member Alberto Lopez tells DNAinfo: "He was like a grandpa to us....He was the loveliest man you can find."

A group of Lower East Side NIMBYs started a campaign to try and block the opening a proposed rooftop lounge atop the Holiday Inn at 148 Delancey Street. The neighbors launched an online petition against the bar’s opening, which explains: "The way the buildings are linked in the area, noise from the rooftop bar can affect thousands of residents directly." The bar’s liquor license application will be reviewed by the CB3’s SLA subcommittee next month.

A construction engineer named Herbert Kundtstadt is suing chef David Bouley for allegedly reneging on a deal to offer meals in exchange for work the builder did on the restaurant in 2008. Kundtstadt claims that he was cut off last summer, and now he wants to be paid the remainder of his credit in cash. Bouley is planning to move his eponymous restaurant later this year and consolidate his other Tribeca establishments into one building.

— A new location of Del Frisco’s Grille is coming to Brookfield Place next summer.

Amazing Value Restaurant Equipment on the Bowery is now closed. It opened seven years ago.

East Hampton Town’s Justice Court recently dismissed six noise violations against Montauk party spot Surf Lodge. If everything goes according to plan, the restaurant/lounge will be able to bring back its live DJs later this summer.

— And finally, here’s a look at the whole shebang at The Cannibal:


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