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Open & Closed: Say Hello to The Commodore, Goodbye to The Dog Ear Tavern

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Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week.

The Doghouse Saloon on the Lower East Side has closed temporarily for renovations. The bar is expected to reopen June 1 with a Grand Reopening party.
[Bowery Boogie]

The Dog Ear Tavern, which opened a year ago around the corner for the Ear Inn, has already closed and is now called Samalita’s.
[Eater]

Cariño, a new Mexican spot in Williamsburg opened by former Bonita staffers, has opened and the fish tacos are already earning praise.
[Eater]

The Commodore, the new spot occupying the old Black Betty space, has opened serving comfort food and summery cocktails.
[Downtown Diaries via Eater]

Hot Bird, named for the old chicken shop still advertised in giant letters on several Prospect Heights buildings, is a new bar specializing in draft beer and Southern-style cocktails.
[TONY]

The HorseBox, which is apparently a new sports bar, has arrived on Avenue A, near 14th Street.
[EV Grieve]

Popbar is the latest popsicle specialist to launch. Expect homemade gelato on sticks in 25 rotating flavors that can be covered in various tasty toppings. [Grub Street]

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