No more peeping Tom at Clever Blend
Following customer outrage and a negative Yelp campaign, Park Slope cafe Clever Blend has removed its peeping Tom sign from a restroom door, but its Civil War-era map remains on the wall. Co-owner Luca Tesconi sent a photo to Munchies as to why the map remains hanging. “This map shows how the US geography briefly changed as some Southern states with cotton-based economies joined the Confederate States of America in a stupid attempt to maintain their 'legal' rights to Slavery and profit from it.”
Last week, Tesconi told Eater, “This kind of backlash is sincerely unexpected since our intentions is to embrace the community, not the opposite,” he said. “But having said that, I can now understand that even if you try your best you can't nail it every time.”
From the owners of Hart’s in Bed-Stuy, Cervo’s to open on the LES
Nialls Fallon and co-chefs Aaron Crowder and Nick Perkins of Hart’s in Bed-Stuy will branch out into Manhattan with Cervo’s in just under two weeks in the former Pies ‘n’ Thighs space (43 Canal Street), serving a menu of Portuguese and Spanish-inspired dishes. It’s the second Portuguese restaurant to open downtown recently behind Taberna 97 that debuted on St. Marks earlier this year.
Lorde causes a stir at Liquiteria
Singer Lorde is in town and ordered a Blue Velvet at Liquiteria, where she chatted up the cashier, who took to social media to tell the world. Lorde responded by DMing her, offering free festival passes for the Governors Ball on Randall’s Island that starts tomorrow. "I was gonna ask u in the store if u wanted to come but i got shy! To celebrate your new job. . . "
New wine bar opening at 1 Pike Street on LES
Look for a 30-seat cafe and wine bar to open at 1 Pike Street/ 111 Division Street, Bowery Boogie reports. It’s carved from the Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) community services space and will be run by Hui Quan.
Copenhagen dinner series on Monday at n’eat
On Monday, June 5, n’eat (58 Second Avenue) kicks off a dinner series with chef Mark Lundgaard of Copenhagen's oldest gourmet restaurant Kong Hans Kælder for a six-course menu that includes razor clams and scallops with smoked butter and caviar, fried langoustines, and more. It’s $175 per person with the option to add beverage pairing for $95 a person.
How New Jersey does a classic sandwich a little differently
Take it away, Nick Solares: