neighborhood watch

Rock-Star Baristas at Bluebird; Dollar Fried Chicken at Rudy’s

Downtown Brooklyn: An "upscale, eco-friendly" grocery store will open on the ground floor of the Toren residential development on Flatbush Avenue. [McBrooklyn]
Cobble Hill: The vacant restaurant space on the corner of Smith and Pacific Streets seems to be readying for a new occupant; the makeover includes a new roof. [Brownstoner]
East Village: Momofuku Milk Bar has hung a sign reminding its cookie- and soft serve–eating patrons to keep the volume down. [EV Grieve]
Coffee evangelist Nicholas Cho and world-champion barista Gwilym Davies will be pulling shots at Bluebird Coffee Shop on Saturday. [Diner's Journal/NYT]
A thief stole the tip jar from San Loco, even though it only contained $0.75. [Vanishing NY]
Hell's Kitchen: Rudy's Bar & Grill has expanded their food menu (previously only complimentary hot dogs) to include $1 fried chicken and $2.50 bowls of chili. [Midtown Lunch]
Midtown East 'Wichcraft and Southwest Airlines launch a weekly Wednesday Game Nights series on April 28, with Giant Jenga, Scrabble, and Yahtzee! played around an outdoor fire pit on the Porch at Bryant Park. For the occasion, 'wichcraft has added new menu items, including jalapeño-cheddar pretzels, and guacamole and tortilla chips. The events will occur each Wednesday until Labor Day, and run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. [Grub Street]
Park Slope: The former Café Moutarde has new signage: The incoming restaurant will be called Le Bistro de la Rue. [Brownstoner]
Williamsburg: Amateur baker Margaret Kozlowska will open a bakery, Margo, at 667 Driggs Avenue. The bakery will serve pastries only to start, but hopes to add soups and salads to the menu shortly. [Feast]
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