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Cops Identify Suspect in Murder of L & B's Owner, South Bronx Gets a Food Hall, and More Intel

A new ramen operation is coming to Smorgasburg this weekend, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

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[The dining room at Golden Unicorn]
[The dining room at Golden Unicorn]
Daniel Krieger

— Detectives have identified a suspect in the murder of L & B Spumoni Gardens co-owner Louis Barbati. The pizzeria proprietor was gunned down outside his Dyker Heights home on June 30. He was coming directly from work with around $15,000 in cash. The suspect is not yet in custody, but the Daily News notes that the police are now looking at the man's phone records to see if he was tipped off. The NYPD received several tips about the incident, and the cops have surveillance footage of the suspect before the shooting.

Developer Keith Rubenstein is planning a food hall in the style of Gansevoort Market at 9 Bruckner Boulevard in the South Bronx, with kiosks, sit-down restaurants, and maybe even a beer garden. Rubenstein tells the Real Deal: "We have a great hospitality and restaurant concept that we want to do there....It will provide great food and beverage options at affordable prices for the existing community and new community." The developer hasn’t announced any vendors yet, but he hopes to open the food hall within the next 18 months. News of Bruckner Market, as it's called, comes less than a week after Italian superstar chef Massimo Bottura announced plans to open a food hall in the South Bronx. Bottura’s camp hasn’t revealed the exact location for this new project, but Rubenstein says he’d "be happy to provide a home for it."

— The Hershey’s Store is moving to an even bigger space at 701 Seventh Avenue between 47th and 48th streets. The current location of the sweets megastore on the corner of Broadway and West 47th Street will stay open until work on the new Times Square space is complete at the end of 2017. The brand’s new flagship will be three times the size of the current one.

Kousuke Yasumura, a chef who works at Ippudo, is joining Smorgasburg the weekend of July 30 with a Saturday-only stand called Punk Ramen. Yasumura will be serving $8 cups of paitan broth with soft boiled eggs and chicken breast & thigh meat. Eventually, the chef hopes to offer a vegetarian version too. A Thai rolled ice cream operation is also joining the outdoor food fest this weekend.

Signage in the window of the old Bara space on East First Street indicates that a new Latin-American restaurant is opening soon. Word on the street is that the same team behind Bara is operating this new establishment, which will serve burritos, tacos, elotes, empanadas, and "fonda bowls."

— Rumor has it that the old Rodeo Bar space on the corner of Third Avenue and 27th Street is being turned into a new pub called The Gem Saloon. The proprietors of Phebe’s and The Penny Farthing are behind this new bar.

— Before finalizing their divorce, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin had lunch with their kids at Clam Bar out in Amagansett.

— Stanton Street French restaurant Li Li’s is now closed and a boutique from vegan fashion brand Vaute is moving in.

— And finally, here’s a guide to meat cuts from Eater’s resident carnivore Nick Solares and butcher Pat LaFrieda:

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