H Mart, the popular Korean grocer, is opening a food court inside its Long Island City supermarket, at 48-18 Northern Boulevard, which first debuted in 2022. Several stalls could open as early as April, followed by an expansion with additional food vendors this summer, according to a spokesperson for the company. H Mart has other food courts in New York City. The first, in Flushing, opened in 1989, and there’s now a second one in Bayside, Queens. The food court planned for Long Island City will be the company’s biggest in the city so far. — Emma Orlow, reporter
A mushroom restaurant rebrands
Fungi has been the focus at &Beer, a small, 14-seat vegan restaurant known for serving mushrooms every which way. The business closed after service on New Year’s Eve to expand next door, under the name Third Kingdom. Owner Ravi DeRossi, behind several vegan businesses in Manhattan, says the new restaurant will have 50 seats, a large list of craft beers, and more mushrooms on the menu. It opens at 23 E. Seventh Street, between Second and Third avenues, on February 1.
A staggering number of restaurants closed in the final weeks of 2023. The trend continued in the new year: Over the weekend, several more businesses announced closures, including Hartbreakers, a vegan restaurant in Bushwick that was open for five years; Three Maples, the continuation of a stand at the Berg’n food hall; the decade-old cocktail bar Underdog; and Bilao, one of the few Filipino restaurants on the Upper East Side.