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An Update on Bronx’s Big Food Hall — and More Intel

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Plus, DŌ teams up with Dean & Deluca

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Nick Solares

A Bronx food hall update

South Bronx developer and Somerset Partners’ Keith Rubenstein talks a little about Bruckner Market, the food hall that he announced about a year ago on the 16,000 square-foot warehouse at at 9 Bruckner Boulevard. The plan back then was to open within 12 to 18 months, around the fall of 2017. Eater reported last year that Rubenstein will bring acclaimed Nuevo Latino chef Douglas Rodriquez to the project for a restaurant and a take-out cafe, but Rubenstein didn’t mention it in his most recent interview.

“We’re designing it right now,” Rubenstein tells the Commercial Observer this week. “We’re refining the concepts right now, with a brewery, some lounges, maybe a music component as well. We are interviewing different vendors, and we’re also designing our own vendors and food concepts. The anchor will be a big brewery and tasting room and beer garden on the roof.”

Somerset Partners is behind La Grata at 136 Alexander Avenue in the Bronx.
Somerset Partners

The hall is not to be confused with Refettorio Ambrosiano, the soup kitchen from Massimo Bottura and Robert De Niro in conjunction with the Italian consulate.

Hamptons chef shuffle

Chef James Carpenter — who began this summer at Centro, the authentic Italian restaurant that opened December in Hampton Bays — has already departed to join chef Eric Miller in the kitchen as co chef at his hopping new Montauk venture, Flagship.

"The commute was just too much for me,'' says Carpenter, who in the past was a chef at American Hotel in Sag Harbor, East Hampton Point and the Living Room at the Maidstone. "I live in the Springs: Imagine trying to get there on July 4th weekend.'' — Beth Landman

No more waiting in lines at DŌ

Dean & Deluca has partnered with DŌ NYC, so you can now buy your own flavored cookie dough at the markets. The grocer is the only food market outside of the company’s Greenwich Village location to sell the product, in variations like chocolate chip, sugar cookie, and chocolate dream (brownie butter, chocolate chip). Each pint is $10.

The Black Rose returns

Looks like Black Rose will be moving to 93 Avenue A, former home of Benny’s Burritos, closed since 2014. The original location at 117 Avenue A was owned by criminal-landlord Steve Croman. EV Grieve reports that back in April, “the Marshal took possession of the bar space between Seventh Street and St. Mark's Place on behalf of landlord Steve Croman. There were accusation that Croman forced the bar out, even removing the boiler.”

Side notes

It’s the last Friday lunch at Batard for the summer; a new coffee bar and wine bar has opened called 1 Pike at the corner of Pike and Division Streets.

Griddled or grilled?

It’s the biggest burger holiday of the year so we’re taking it over the top:

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