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Soho Shop Has Beyonce-Backed Lemonade — and More Intel

Good is closing, and more NYC restaurant news

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Examples of “watermelon-suit clad beauties”
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Beyonce’s foray into the beverage industry WTRMLN WTR is about to return to Soho as a pop-up. The health-focused shop will be at 187 Spring Street from Tuesday, May 9 through September 15, complete with “watermelon-suit clad beauties” selling $3.99 bottles of the cold-pressed juices. Besides the original watermelon flavor, it will offer the LMNade option — named for Beyonce’s legendary 2016 album. The store, which has popped up in the neighborhood since 2014, will also feature fitness classes, including spinning, yoga, and dance. Beyonce invested in the brand last year. The juice is also sold at Whole Foods.

Good in the West Village is making its exit after Mother’s Day, bringing its 20-year run to a close. Owner Steven Picker tells Grub Street that a 20 percent rent hike, combined with rising business costs, forced his hand.

— And Italian restaurant Bello in Hell’s Kitchen is closing after 32 years due to a landlord dispute. “It’s a heartbreaking thing, but I’ve been proud to be the owner,” Luis Pelaez said.

— Occupying the Ramen Lab by Sun Noodle shop this month is Detroit’s first ramen shop, Johnny Noodle King. Ramen options include a shoyu ramen with pork belly chashu; a Southwest-inspired ramen with shredded cheese, crema, tomato, and cilantro; and a mazemen-style smoked butter noodle dish with mustard greens and Korean chili pepper. It runs from May 9 through May 27 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

The Sussman’s summer restaurant Ed and Bev’s is almost back with its Detroit-inspired Americana fare, like “Coney fries” and a chicken finger pita. Until it’s fully up and running at Jacob Riis this Memorial Day, you can catch a pop-up version at Samesa (their Middle Eastern restaurant at 495 Lorimer Street) every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. through the end of summer.

— Is the Upper West Side the new real Meatpacking District? Following in White Gold’s footsteps is Hudson & Charles, a West Village butcher that has opened a branch with lots of offal at 555 Amsterdam Avenue.

Altesi Downtown
Altesi Downtown
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— Recently-shuttered Soho restaurant Savore is now Altesi Downtown, from the owner of Altesi on the Upper East Side. This one is a bit more casual, with pasta, wood-fired pizzas, antipasti, and more. It’s fully ready to go with lunch, brunch, happy hour, dinner, and lots of outdoor seating.

— Despite closing Pearl & Ash at 220 Bowery to use it as an events space back in December, it looks like the owners of the small plates restaurant are going a different route. The 1,400-square-foot space is now on the market — for a whopping $19,500 a month.

— The weather is warming, which signals the return of street food fairs: The annual Taste of 7th Street food fair is this weekend, and ticket sales end tonight. Plus, the Taste of Bushwick is on Tuesday June 13, with tickets now on sale to benefit the neighborhood’s non-profit theater The Bushwick Starr.

— Finally, take a visit with The Meat Show’s Nick Solares to Hearth from chef Marco Canora, who won the James Beard Award for best chef in New York City last night:

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