Open & Closed: Say Hello to Bia; Goodbye to Frederick’s Downtown


Gabriel Stulman, the mastermind behind Little Owl and Market Table, has opened Joseph Leonard, a cozy resto-bar that forgoes a cocktail list so that patrons can order whatever they want. James McDuffee, formerly of Bouchon Bakery, serves up easy plates of housemade pates, roast chicken for two, and a raw bar featuring buck-fifty oysters.

Michael “Bao” Huynh is at it again, but this time he’s bringing casual Asian flair not to sandwiches but to the backyard with Bia, a new Asian beer garden. Housed in what was once Jeeb, the new space will feature an all-Asian beer list and a roving cart of $5 bites.

Cello Wine Bar has opened in Midtown East, promising a departure from “pretentious Pinot and showy Syrah,” according to the press release. Wines by the glass will be priced between $9 and $15 to go with a menu of small plates.

Joshua Sharkey and Brandon Gillis will open Bark Hot Dogs in Park Slope next week, specializing in locally sourced pork-and-beef wieners basted with housemade smoked lard butter. Everything from pickles to sauerkraut will be made in-house.
[NY Magazine]

Frederick’s Downtown has reportedly shuttered. Its sister location in Midtown filed for bankruptcy in April due to owing some $400K in back rent and taxes, but has managed to remain open.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 7, 2009

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