Open and Closed: Say Hello to Betto, Goodbye to South Houston


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

Southernish restaurant South Houston on West Broadway near Grand Street has closed after little more than a year in business. [Eater]

Pick-a-Pita has served its last its french-fry-stuffed shawarma, having closed without explanation. [Midtown Lunch]

The East Village Italian restaurant Tre Scalini has apparently shuttered just weeks after it opened. [EV Grieve]

‘inoteca founder Jason Denton’s latest is Betto, a new 60-seat restaurant in Williamsburg, offering mostly small plates, some large-format meals, and a Negroni of the Day. [Eater]

Masten Lake in Williamsburg has a menu split into the categories Cold, Hot, Pasta, and Protein, designed by chef Angelo Romano, formerly of Roberta’s and Lupa. [T Magazine]

Ed McFarland of Ed’s Lobster Bar has opened Caravelli’s, a takeout pizzeria also serving dishes like chicken parm and heroes. [NY Times]

At Ellabess in the Nolitan Hotel, from the team behind L’Artusi and Anfora, expect dishes like fried chicken with pickled watermelon and rhubarb clafouti. [NY Times]

Laurence Edelman, formerly of the Mermaid Inn, has opened Left Bank in the West Village, specializing in sustainable nouveau American. [Zagat Buzz]

Jane’s Sweet Buns, an East Village bakery opened by Cienfuegos bartender Jane Danger and Ravi DeRossi, offers boozy baked goods like buns glazed in aged rum. [Grub Street]

Blueprint, Park Slope’s first craft cocktail bar, has arrived. A drinks list by Regina Christiansen includes Haymaker’s Punch and a coffee cocktail called the Kickstarter. [Here’s Park Slope]

Dekalb Market will kick off this Saturday in Downtown Brooklyn, peddling food, clothing, and other goods out of 160-square-foot shipping containers. [Time Out]