Brooklyn Brine Launches a Whiskey Pickle; Pig Roast in Bed-Stuy

Bedford-Stuyvesant: Pilar celebrates its first anniversary with a pig roast on September 6 at nearby bar Sweet Revenge, where the Cuban eatery will serve food from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. [Bed-Stuy Blog]
A branch of the burger chain Checkers is moving into the empty storefront at 491 Nostrand Avenue. [Brownstoner]
East Village: Pizzanini is closed at the corner of Second Avenue at St. Mark's Place. [EV Grieve]
Greenpoint: Tomorrow, Brooklyn Brine introduces its whiskey sour pickle with a party at Kill Devil Hill from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. [Greenpointers]

Lower East Side: Sweet Grapes Wine Bar has moved into 39 Essex Street, a space previously occupied by Flowers on Essex, and plans to open within four weeks. [Bowery Boogie]
The Gentleman Farmer, a French-American bistro, debuts tonight at 40 Rivington Street. [Bowery Boogie]
Upper West Side: Trader Joe's is set to open at 72nd Street and Broadway on September 20. [My Upper West]