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Dough Doughnuts Is Gearing Up to Reopen in Brooklyn Amid Big Expansion Plans

Plus, Le Crocodile is slated to reopen on April 1 — and more intel

Vegan blood orange doughnuts from Dough Doughnuts
Vegan blood orange doughnuts from Dough Doughnuts
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Dough Doughnuts will once again have a presence in Brooklyn

One of NYC’s most successful doughnut purveyors is coming back to Brooklyn after shutting down its original Bed-Stuy location last year, Dough Doughnuts co-owner Steve Klein tells Eater.

In February 2020, founder Fany Gerson officially severed ties with her business partners and opened Fan-Fan Doughnuts soon after. Dough hasn’t had a Brooklyn outpost since the split, but a new location is slated to open in about three weeks or so in Prospect Heights at 646 Vanderbilt Avenue, at Park Place, Klein says.

“We survived but it hasn’t been easy,” Klein says. “We have a loyal following to thank.”

The acclaimed doughnut shop, a mainstay of best doughnut lists among local and national publications, also has plans to open in Astoria in five weeks and at Rockefeller Center later this summer, Klein notes. He says business has remained strong with a line of popular vegan doughnuts having launched earlier this year as well as delivery through Goldbelly. Dough has a Flatiron location but two other venues within food halls in Manhattan are currently closed.

In other news

— NYC’s ice cream shops are coming back just in time as the weather begins to warms up. Oddfellows, which had permanently closed its East Village and Nolita shops during the pandemic, is now back in Williamsburg at Domino Park with a new location at 40 River Street, Bedford + Bowery reports.

— Roosevelt Island’s first hotel is slated to open June 1, 2021, close to Cornell Tech’s campus. According to the New York Post, the Graduate Roosevelt Island, which is part of a boutique hotel chain known for opening properties around college campuses, will have a ground-floor restaurant as well as an indoor-outdoor rooftop bar and lounge. Marc Rose and Med Abrous, who opened L.A.’s popular Genghis Cohen and the Spare Room, are in charge of the property’s food-and-beverage concepts.

— Junior’s Restaurant is handing out free mini cheesecakes through Memorial Day for anyone that shows their COVID-19 vaccination record card.

— On Monday, mayoral candidate and current city comptroller Scott Stringer stood in front of Settepani Restaurant in Harlem as he announced his purposed plan to pump $1 billion into the NYC Recovery Fund. The program would focus on small businesses, which could apply for grants of up to $100,000, he said.

Times critic Pete Wells bestowed three stars on Le Crocodile, the French brasserie located in the Wythe Hotel, just before the pandemic shut down the city’s restaurants almost a year ago. The Williamsburg hot spot, which has been closed since December, is now slated to reopen on April 1, according to a spokesperson for the hotel.

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