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.

Food Wire: Souvlaki GR, Hawa Smoothies, Alias

In today’s food news:

  • Food truck sensation Souvalki GR opens its brick-and-mortar outpost at 116 Stanton Street. They’re serving lunch and dinner – and will soon add delivery. Have a look at the menu here.
  • La Newyorkina will be returning for opening day at the Hester Street Fair.
  • Chef Joe Pasqualetta is about to open his own restaurant “Rucola” in Boerum Hill.  But you can preview his menu tomorrow night at Alias. RSVP required.