— Timon Balloo’s Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill will open in Dumbo, in an 11,000-square-foot, 300-seat waterfront spot at 55 Water St. in Brooklyn. The clubstaurant first opened in Miami eight years ago and today it’s managed by the company that also owns SushiSamba. “Chinese-Indian from Trinidad, then the San Francisco Bay area and for years now, South Florida, Balloo cooked alongside Michelle Bernstein at Azul,” the Miami Herald reported, “and has soaked up international influences from Argentina, Cuba and Japan.”
— Also in Dumbo, Cecconi’s — with locations in London, West Hollywood, Miami, and Berlin, among others— will open on the waterfront in the spring, serving a menu of Northern Italian dishes. The LA location has been namechecked on Eater during white truffle season, best happy hours, and more. The group started its first round of hiring about two weeks ago. Stay tuned for details.
— With a location in the East Village (200 1st Ave.) and the West Village (496 Hudson St.), Brodo is now in Brooklyn, with a stall at the Williamsburg Whole Foods as of this week, serving a menu of four broths and add-ins as well as nine combination drinks. Quart containers of frozen broth are also for sale at the meat counter.
— Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer has begun construction at 177 Ludlow St. The neighbors are worried.
—Another mediocre burger place that doesn’t give up: Wahlburgers eyes an Upper East Side location.
— Cajun/Creole restaurant Sugar Freak in Astoria is closing at the end of the month, part of a string of closings on 30th Avenue that includes 16 Handles, MexiBBQ, Burnside Biscuits, Fishtales, and Grand Cafe that have shuttered since the fall.
— Starting Friday, Threes Brewing will be opening a temporary bar and beer shop in Greenpoint. The pop-up, dubbed Threes @ Franklin & Kent (113 Franklin St.), is serving wine, bar snacks from The Meat Hook, and beers such as Vliet Pilsner, Unreliable Narrator IPA, and Table Beer Saison.
—Inspired by his Nonna’s dinners, Albert Di Beglio is now offering Sunday suppers at Barano in Brooklyn, which includes a $45 family-style pre-fixe on Sunday and Wednesday nights. For $65, guests can add a bottle of house wine. The menu includes an antipasti board, three courses, and dessert.
— If you, too are dreaming of someplace sunny, consider watching Nick Solares in New Orleans at the birthplace of the muffaletta: