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The Saga Continues for a Crown Heights Supermarket as New Developers Take Over

Plus, New Yorkers are ready for the return of fine dining — and more intel

The exterior of the Nostrand Avenue Associated supermarket, which has a red roof
The Associated supermarket on Nostrand Avenue is slated to be part of a new development.
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Crown Heights Associated supermarket may face another hurdle in reopening

The ongoing saga behind the future of the Associated supermarket in Crown Heights underwent another twist as Midwood Investment & Development recently sold the lot to another developer, Hudson Companies, Brooklyn Paper reports.

Locals first raised concerns earlier this year that the loss of one of the few grocery stores in the neighborhood, located at 975 Nostrand Avenue near Montgomery Street, would create a food desert. Pablo Espinal, the market’s owner, had been operating on a month-to-month basis after lease negotiations broke down in middle of the pandemic last summer. The current developers eventually announced this summer that the supermarket would reopen on the ground floor of a residential project.

“As long-time believers in this neighborhood, we’re excited for the opportunity to create much-needed housing, while supporting the preservation of a valued neighborhood business,” said David Kramer, president of the Hudson Companies, which also shared with Brooklyn Paper that it plans to start construction on the site next year.

In other news

— The New York Post’s Steve Cuozzo’s hot take is that New Yorkers are ready to drop big bucks for fine dining again with recent openings such as Saga, Daniel Boulud’s Le Pavillon, and Angie Mar’s Les Trois Chevaux.

— The latest New York Times trend story: Salons — which “resemble cocktail parties or seminars or networking events” but where “all participants are expected to partake in communal, meaty conversations” — are making a comeback. In other words, people who want to sound smart are gathering for private events and parties again.

Emmy Squared, the Detroit-style pizza establishment that now boasts nearly a dozen locations across the country, launches Emmy Loves Education today. From August 30 to September 10, guests at all locations will also find a list of school supplies on the menu and can add a donation to their bill, according to a restaurant spokesperson. The restaurant will match the donation and donate the supplies to local public schools.

— Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group and SoulCycle have partnered up for Soul & Brunch, a promotion running through October 31 where riders that book a class can also receive a complimentary brunch drink at participating USHG restaurants. Is a Sweetgreen collaboration next?

— Bushwick’s retro roller skating rink and bar All Night Skates is now home to Erika Costa’s Filipino pop-up Patikim (which means to taste or sample in Tagalog) on Mondays and Tuesdays from 5 p.m. until all the food is sold out. Expect skewers (barbecued meats, fish, and vegetables), rice, and Filipino desserts.

— The iconic neon sign outside of Clover Deli, which permanently shut down last year during the pandemic, reportedly has a new home in Cincinnati at the American Sign Museum, EV Grieve reports.

— Dog owners may have noticed the roving food truck Woofbowl catering to their pets with a menu of burgers and “beers” (it’s actually made from chicken and beef broth) at parks and dog-friendly areas around the city.

— The incoming Wegmans, which is taking over the former Kmart at Astor Place, now has work permits on file.

— Yet another reason to check out the New York State Fair:

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