Carl’s Jr. debuts in Manhattan
Carl’s Jr. first came to NYC with its Coney Island location earlier this month, and now the fast-food burger chain known for its more-than-decade-long “slutburger” campaign has descended upon Manhattan. The massive two-level Carl’s Jr. is located in Midtown, and the opening drew both long lines and some protesters from animal rights activists at The Humane League speaking out against the brand’s treatment of chickens.
New Whole Foods with lower prices drew large crowds on opening day
Hundreds of people lined up at the new Whole Foods Market 365 in Fort Greene for opening day. Ahead of the 9 a.m. opening time, a line of cold but determined grocery shoppers reportedly stretched down the block. The first 100 folks in line received gift cards, and people were welcomed into the store by staff clapping, high-fiving, and even ringing cow bells. The grocery store made its East Coast debut to great fanfare, even though the Grub Street report does note that some customers were surprised the prices weren’t as low as they anticipated.
Clinton Hall expands to the Pod 51 Hotel
The Midtown East hotel that formerly housed April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman’s Salvation Burger will soon be home to the fourth Clinton Hall concept. The 3,000-square-foot, 120-seat beer hall and restaurant will have communal seating and an outdoor garden, evoking the same industrial aesthetic and communal vibes of its other locations. As the Clinton Hall brand continues to expand, the Seaport location recently rolled out brunch featuring the brand’s signature donut holes that come with injectors full of sauces.
Chef Eli Kulp shares his story of continuing to work as a restaurateur after his life-threatening accident
Bon Appetit shares the story of Eli Kulp, a chef who was seriously injured in May 2015, when an Amtrak train off-railed during a sharp turn at 106 miles per hour. Eight people were killed in the accident, and 200 were injured. Kulp sustained a major spinal cord injury and now uses a power wheelchair. Today, he runs four restaurants, including High Street on Hudson in NYC. “The restaurant business is hard for any chef, able-bodied or not,” Kulp says. Watch below ow Kulp makes the restaurant’s pork sandwich: