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Major Food Group Is Opening a Lounge at Barclays for Fans with Courtside Seats

Plus, an opening date for the new Dough Doughnuts in Brooklyn — and more intel

An ornate, low-lit bar and restaurant bedecked in gold trim, chandeliers, and dark wood finishing
A digital rendering of Crown Club
Major Food Group [Official]

Major Food Group is opening a courtside club at Barclays Center

Major Food Group is planning to open an ornate courtside club at Barclays Center in time for basketball season this fall. Created in partnership with BSE Global, the company that manages Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets, the lounge, called Crown Club, includes plans for a bar, restaurant, and private dining room. There’s also a pantry area, where premium ticket holders can reportedly stock up on snacks, like candy and popcorn.

To create the lounge, MFG and BSE tapped Ken Fulk, the heavy-hitting designer behind New York restaurants Noda, Sadelle’s, and Legacy Records, along with the Miami outpost of Carbone. Based on early photos of the restaurant, the lounge appears to be outfitted with custom light fixtures, velvet furniture, and more than a half-dozen chandeliers. The 7,700-square-foot space can reportedly seat up to 250 people at full capacity but is only available to fans with courtside seats.

Details about the food offerings are still scarce, but the New York Times reports that the menu will consist of hit items from MFG restaurants and dishes created by chefs from other New York City restaurants. And if this Instagram post is anything to go by, spicy rigatoni is on the way.

An ornate restaurant with white tablecloth seating, red velvet curtains, and custom brass light fixtures hanging from the ceilings
A digital rendering of the Crown Club restaurant space
Major Food Group [Official]

In other news

— Flushing noodle shop San Shi Rice Noodle appears to be moving forward with its East Village expansion plans. It’s been a quiet few months since the restaurant put up its signage at 118 Second Avenue, but EV Grieve reports the indoor dining room is coming along.

— There’s an opening date for the new Dough Doughnuts location in Prospect Heights. The doughnut shop, located at 646 Vanderbilt Avenue, near Park Place, opens at 9 a.m. on April 24, a company spokesperson confirms.

— Ipsa, the frozen meal company from Blue Apron and Eleven Madison Park alums, is now working with popular NYC restaurants Gramercy Tavern, Rolo’s, Sobre Masa, and Caffè Panna. Additional restaurant partnerships are reportedly in the works.

— The Madison Square Park location of Shake Shack is the latest restaurant to team up with Miguel Gonzalez, AKA the Avocado Guy. Through June 30, the two parties have partnered to offer special burger and fried chicken sandwich, says a spokesperson.

— After a year away from New York City, the Hello Kitty food truck is slated to return to the Shops at Skyview in Flushing on May 1.

— Without sports bars, out-of-state fans lose a home away from home.

— As a reminder: