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Lebanese Restaurant, Lil’ Gem, Will Succeed Thelma on Clinton This Spring

There’s news this afternoon of Melissa O’Donnell’s next act on Clinton Street. …

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Lower East Side Voices: A Small Business Owner Staying Positive, Working Hard

You may have noticed a little restaurant, Factory Tamal, that opened on Essex Street not long ago. It’s run by Fernando Lopez, a Mexican immigrant who has worked his way up through New York City’s restaurant industry. …

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Lower East Side Food Notes: Lucky Bee Lunch, Lalo’s Name Change, Brunch at Jimmy’s No. 43

Here’s what’s new in the Lower East Side restaurant world. …

Last summer's bounty at the Grand Street CSA.

Early Bird Signup For Grand Street CSA Ends March 15

Sure, we’re in the middle of a spring snowstorm, but summer will be here before you know it. This means it’s time to start thinking about the Grand Street CSA. …

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Forgtmenot Team Opens Monroe, a Lush Mediterranean Restaurant in Two Bridges Area

This green oasis is the latest project from the team behind Forgtmenot and Kiki’s, the popular local spots on Division Street. …

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Food Notes: Trapizzino Debuts, Cocoron Moves West, Nakamura Opens For Lunch

Happening in the Lower East Side food world:

–It’s opening day for Trapizzino, the new Italian food concept at 144 Orchard St. (Stanton Street). …

Luis Arce Mota. Photo by Alex M. Smith, 2015.

La Contenta Owner Luis Arce Mota Talks About a “Day Without Immigrants”

Several Lower East Side restaurants participated in yesterday’s, “A Day Without Immigrants,” a protest of Donald Trump’s policies and vitriol. One local business that attracted a lot of national attention for its decision to close for the day was Norfolk Street’s La Contenta. …

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Orchard Grocer, a Vegan Deli, Opens at 78 Orchard St.

The owners of the popular vegan show store, MooShoes, have just opened a vegan grocery store in deli. It’s located at 78 Orchard St. (the two businesses are side-by-side.) …

Image via Thelma on Clinton's Facebook page.

Thelma on Clinton Closes Over the Weekend; New Restaurant Concept In-the-Works

Thelma on Clinton, Melissa O’Donnell’s reboot on Salt Bar, has closed after three years in business. …

Jay Nir of River Coyote. Photos by  Michael Tulipan.

River Coyote, Wine and Coffee Bar, Opens at 121 Ludlow St.

In the past few days, a coffee and wine bar called River Coyote opened at 121 Ludlow St. It’s owned by Jay Nir, who according to a press release, brings an “eclectic career path of DJ-ing, real estate, restructuring night clubs, hotel consulting and hosting private events” to the new Lower East Side business. …