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The Team Behind Adda and Dhamaka Is Opening Its First Brooklyn Restaurant

Plus, Enrique Olvera’s Cosme reopens on April 28 — and more intel

A broad brown storefront with a single customer sitting at a table with a mask.
The Masalawala first opened on the Lower East Side in 2011
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The team behind Adda and Rahi plan to open another Masalawala in Brooklyn

On the heels of their highly anticipated opening of Dhamaka, restaurateur Roni Mazumdar and chef Chintan Pandyal have plans to open another location of the Masalawala in Brooklyn this fall, the Commercial Observer first reported late last week.

The duo’s restaurant group, Unapologetic Foods, signed a 10-year lease for a 2,500-square-foot space in Park Slope, at 365 Fifth Avenue, and Masalawala is scheduled to open in September, according to the Observer’s report. It will be the third location of the well-liked Indian restaurant, which first opened on the Lower East Side in 2011 and focussed on South Asian street food.

Masalawala, a precursor to acclaimed Long Island City restaurant Adda and Rahi in Greenwich Village, will break ground as the restaurant group’s first Brooklyn establishment.

In other news

— Chef Erik Ramirez of Llama Inn and Llama San is joining other South American chefs in leading virtual cooking classes throughout June to fundraise for Misión Huascaran, a nonprofit that works with rural Andean communities.

— The New York Post’s Steve Cuozzo checks in on the reopening status of some of NYC’s most iconic restaurants, including 21 Club.

— Enrique Olvera’s Cosme — which briefly reopened last fall before chef Daniela Soto-Innes departed — is reopening on April 28. The new hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.

— Two East Village institutions — Little Poland and the National Ukrainian Home — have reopened.

— Another branch of the trendy salad chain Sweetgreen is set to open in August 2021 at 315 Hudson Street on the edge of Soho.

— The popular discount supermarket chain Aldi is slated to open this fall in Flatbush at 2201 Nostrand Avenue, Bklyner reports.

— Krave It Pizza, known for its “new-aged” pizza with nearly two dozen dipping sauces, is now open in Astoria.

— Taste of Tribeca is cancelled for the second year in a row because of the pandemic.

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