Food Wire: Souvalki GR, DBGB Beer Tastings, Cupping at Dora

Souvlaki GR’s food truck – near Union Square.

In food/restaurant news:

  • New York Street News has its first big scoop of the year! Souvlaki GR, Vendy Award winner, is going brick-and-mortar on the Lower East Side. The buzz-worthy food truck operators are looking to take over a storefront at 116 Stanton (near Essex). The owners will go before Community Board 3 this month in their quest for a license to sell wine and beer.
  • DBGB will be hosting beer and cheese tastings the second Tuesday of every month (beginning this month). Cost: $25/person.
  • Staff shortages mean Sugar Sweet Sunshine will have reduced hours this week:  8am to 7pm through Thursday. Friday 8am – TBD & Saturday 10am – TBD.
  • Dora, the new coffee shop on East Broadway, holds its first “cupping” Saturday ay 3pm.

Food Notes: Daniel on the Bowery, Broadway East

DBGB Kitchen & Bar, Daniel Boulud's bistro on the Bowery opens in preview mode this weekend. Grub Street has a few details here. They also have the scoop on the departure of Broadway East's chef, Gavin Mills Managing partner Laurie Tomasino explained:

Gavin is a great chef, but he’s at a stage of his career where he
wants to make a mark — say, from a three-star review — but he didn’t
have the experience or business savvy to know there was a serious
disconnect between the food and the scene.” Tomasino says the
restaurant wanted Mills to change the menu more often — “We weren’t
asking him to dumb down the food but to broaden his horizons and bring
new, affordable ideas to the table in an effort to reach the
neighborhood.”