West Village oatmeal shop survives the sharks
Small West Village oatmeal shop Oatmeals went on investment show phenom Shark Tank last night and came out richer. Owner Sam Stephens scored $500,000 in exchange for 33.3 percent of her company to Lori Greiner. The deal is contingent upon Oatmeals getting a deal with Starbucks and perhaps made into frozen food. The other sharks reportedly didn’t think this was a good deal, but Stephens went for it.
Openings, closings, and coming attractions
Appetizing shop Shelsky’s has opened a bagelry called Shelsky’s Brooklyn Bagels at 453 Fourth Ave. in Park Slope. Bagels and bialys made on-site are sold alongside sandwiches, coffee, and grocery items. The East Village space that until very recently housed Cucina Di Pesce at 87 East Fourth St. will soon have a new operator in vegan chef Matthew Kenney. Nearby at 32 East Seventh St., a new Thai restaurant called MaKiinNy has opened with rice, noodles, and Thai iced tea. In the West Village, smoothie and juice shop Whole Green at 35 Seventh Ave. has closed. Finally, rumor has it that the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge will soon close to make way for a new operator in the park-owned space.
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is closed right now from a fire
A barbecue pit fire has temporarily shuttered Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Owner John Stage says he’s busy working with the city to get the Harlem restaurant — known for a pan-regional menu of ribs, chili nachos, and more — back up and running sometime this week. In the meantime, the Gowanus location is still open.
Flatiron Italian restaurant adds brunch
Seafood-focused Italian restaurant Scampi — from the chef behind West Village bar favorite the Spaniard — is now serving brunch after a year in Flatiron. The eponymous mafaldini scampi is on the menu, but so are more classically brunchy items such as eggs in purgatory and cannoli-flavored french toast; the full menu is below. It’s available Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.