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NYC’s Historic Russ & Daughters Is Getting a TV Show

Plus, an all-day cookout and fundraiser from the Pig Beach BBQ team — and more intel

People eat food in front of Russ & Daughters in New York City, on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.
Russ & Daughters’ iconic storefront on the Lower East Side.
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New York’s iconic Russ & Daughters appetizing shop is headed to the small screen. According to Deadline, fourth-generation co-owners Niki Russ Federman and Josh Russ Tupper have entered a contract with Time Magazine’s entertainment studio to develop a scripted television series about the century-old Lower East Side business. Federman and Tupper will serve as consulting producers on the project, Deadline reports.

Russ & Daughters recently celebrated 100 years of business on East Houston Street. Joel Russ opened the appetizing shop on Orchard Street in 1914, before relocated to its current home at 179 East Houston Street, between Orchard and Allen streets, in 1920. Federman and Tupper took over the business in 2009, opening locations at the Jewish Museum on the Upper East Side, which has since closed, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

It’s not clear at this time when the series will begin filming. Eater has contacted Russ & Daughters for more information.

Pig Beach to host an all-day cookout and fundraiser

Pit masters from across the country will descend on Astoria on April 30 as part of an all-day cookout and fundraiser at Pig Beach BBQ, which recently opened in the Queens neighborhood. Pig Beach partners Matt Abdoo, Shane McBride, and Rob Shawger are organizing the event as a tribute to Jeff Michner, a former Pig Beach chef who died in 2018. The cookout attracted thousands of visitors in 2019 — its first and only year due to the pandemic — and this year there’s going to be 25 pit masters, with appearances from Billy Durney of Hometown Bar-B-Que and Emily Hersh and Kerry Fitzmaurice of vegan barbecue pop-up Pure Grit.

Rooftop Reds is back open for the season

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Fancy meat supplier D’Artagnan purchased by mass food distributor

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