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Bronx Chocolate Factory to Open Tasting Room

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Plus, two Manhattan restaurants reopen after burst pipes — and more intel

Sol Cacao
Sol Cacao’s Dominic, Nicholas, and Daniel Maloney
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A chocolate tasting room is coming to the Bronx

Bronx chocolate factory Sol Cacao is opening a chocolate tasting room this month. Founded by brothers Dominic, Nicholas, and Daniel Maloney, who grew up in Trinidad and Tobago, Sol Cacao’s three different chocolate bars are made solely of organic, fair trade cacao beans from Ecuador, Peru, and Madagascar and raw cane sugar. Stay tuned for more information.

Two restaurants reopen after burst pipes

After closing for six weeks to repair a burst pipe, Mexican restaurant Fonda in Chelsea has reopened. To celebrate its reopening, Fonda is hosting a “Cinco de Marzo” party on Monday, March 5 with $5 food and drink specials all night as well as free chips and guacamole for every table. Over in Midtown West, Ousia was also out of commission for over seven weeks after a sprinkler pipe burst, but it’s back in business with a month-long promotoin to donate $1 for every glass of wine purchased to Riverkeeper, a local organization that works to protect NYC’s drinking water supply and restore waterways around the city. Dive bar The Skinny has also reopened after a temporary closure at the hands of the Health Department.

A look at the role of publicists in sexual harassment coverage

Chefs Feed did a deep dive into how public relations fits into the current onslaught of sexual harassment scandals. How do restaurant publicists reckon with clients accused of abuse? Several publicists repping NYC restaurants share their thoughts on their role in these narratives, including Blake MacKay, who represented Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield’s restaurant/butcher shop White Gold when news broke of Friedman’s repeated sexual harassment of staffers at The Spotted Pig. MacKay met with Bloomfield after the allegations came out and subsequently agreed to continue representing White Gold as well as take on other Friedman/Bloomfield ventures, feeling Bloomfield’s “willingness to take responsibility” was “really powerful,” she said. Others, such as Becca Parrish, dropped Friedman restaurants as a client entirely. Eater NY’s Serena Dai is also quoted in the story.

Japanese restaurant to host event celebrating sake

Mifune will host a Hokuriku sake dinner on March 15 as part of a collaboration between the three Michelin-starred Guy Savoy in Paris and Sake Suki, a distributor of jizake, regional sake. The six-course dinner is $150 and includes six different sakes from the Hokuriku region of Honshu, Japan. Reservations can be made here. Related: A sake brewery recently opened in Sunset Park’s Industry City. For a primer on how to order sake, check out this video: