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Historic Brooklyn Restaurant Gage & Tollner Finally Sets a Reopening Date

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Plus, popular Bushwick Pakistani restaurant BK Jani has a new sandwich — and more intel

Chandeliers and mirrored walls inside Gage & Tollner
The interior of Gage & Tollner
Gage & Tollner [Official Photo]

The new Gage & Tollner opens in two weeks

125-year-old Brooklyn institution Gage & Tollner, at 372 Fulton Street, in downtown Brooklyn, has an official re-opening date: Sunday, March 15, according to Grub Street. Red Hook restaurateur St. John Frizell, along with husband-and-wife team Ben Schneider and Sohui Kim of Good Fork and Insa fame, will be stewarding the famous, historic steakhouse into 2020 with a menu of classic favorites: steak and scalloped potatoes, pork potpie, clams casino with a dab of kimchee, Edna Lewis’s she-crab soup, and plenty of pillowy Parker House rolls. Once open, the restaurant’s operating hours will be 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

To get this new iteration of the classic Brooklyn restaurant off the ground, hundreds of small investors banded together in a successful crowdfunding campaign to raise $477,000 to support the three restaurateurs in breathing life back into Gage & Tollner. Investors include Elizabeth Warren’s chief strategist and his wife, children’s book author Tad Hills, and actor Michael Shannon, Grub Street reports.

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— Pakistani barbecue restaurant BK Jani introduced a Nihari sandwich ($18) to the menu last week at its stall inside Dekalb Market, according to a restaurant spokesperson. The new sandwich features slow-cooked brisket in a thick, spicy sauce served on a thin, crusty bun.

— New York City’s International Culinary Center is hosting Pastry Plus, an all-day conference showcasing pastries from top chefs around the world, on Sunday, March 29, according to a press release. Early bird tickets are $90 per person.

— Welcome to Friday:

Gage & Tollner

372 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (347) 689-3677 Visit Website

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