Hakki Pizza, LES Entrepreneurs, La Newyorkina, Anne Saxelby

It’s been a big week in restaurant and bar news on the LES. In addition to our stories about APL earlier today and Melt Bakery coming up later, here’s a roundup of other food happenings:

  • Late last night as we passed by with our camera, pizza maestro Hakki Akdeniz and a colleague were hard at work in Hakki’s new shop at 123 Essex Street, getting ready for today’s opening.
  • Babycakes bakery maven Erin McKenna joins the founders of other local success stories (Jon Snyder of Il Laboratorio del Gelato and Luke Holden of Luke’s Lobster) tomorrow for a panel discussion on food entrepreneurship at the James Beard Foundation.
  • Hester Street Fair and New Amsterdam Market paleta peddler La Newyorkina has landed a slightly more permanent spot in Cobble Hill, in a partnership with the Van Horn Sandwich Shop.
  • The Jewish Daily Forward’s blog takes a long view of the Essex Street Market’s future, through the eyes of cheesemonger Anne Saxelby.

Open & Closed: Food, Drink, Shopping Edition (Updated 12:40pm)

Essex Street, next to Seward Park. Photo by Peter Rojas, via yfrog.

More opening/closing news – food, drink and shopping edition:

  • Fontana’s will be open by 3pm.  Free Wifi.  Serving Hot Chocolate, coffee and Hot toddies!
  • Moo Shoes on Orchard hopes to be open by 1 or 2pm.
  • Babycakes is closed.
  • Roni-Sue’s Chocolates is closed.
  • Berkli Parc, the new coffee shop at Allen & Delancey, is open. Fresh scones are coming out of the oven!
  • Northern Spy is closed for lunch but serving dinner.
  • Dora on East Broadway. Build the first snowman outside their shop and your coffee is FREE for a week!