THE PLYWOOD REPORT: Rustic, Baked by Melissa, and more Opening Soon

1) West Village: The Village Voice notes that Grove Street is getting a new espresso bar soon. Signage has gone up for TreatPetite which will serve Intelligentsia coffee, crepes, and kefir (which will be served up frozen yogurt-style with toppings). [PLYWOOD]

2) Prospect Heights: According to I Love Franklin Ave., Jacques Belanger of MP Taverna and Lev Gewirtzman of Ouest are taking over the old Franklin Roadhouse space. They’re still in the early design stages, but the plans include a 15-seat bar, a 50-seat dining room, and a backyard deck with 20 seats. The yet-to-be-named restaurant will offer an American casual menu that emphasizes local, seasonal ingredients. Belanger and Gewirtzman hope to open their doors to the hungry people of Brooklyn in 5-6 months [PRE-PLYWOOD]

3) Lower East Side: Grub Street reports that Bistro Truck will soon have a stationary sister. Owner Yassir Raouli plans to open his new 19-seater Rustic on April 20th and notes that there will be a backyard section. The menu will be Moroccan-influenced and focus on whole-animal type fare. The decor of the new space will be, well, rustic with utilizing lots of reclaimed wood. [PLYWOOD]

4) Upper West Side: An Eater tipster alerted us to the fact that the quarter-size cupcakes of Baked by Melissa are coming to Columbus Circle sometime this spring. My Upper West Side reported back in August 2011 that the cupcake chain had signed a 10 year lease in the space and it looks like things are finally moving along. This will be the chain’s fifth store in Manhattan and the new spot will be offering the same flavors of  miniature cupcakes as the other locations. [PLYWOOD]

5) Tribeca: Tribeca Citizen gets the early word on the boarded up space on the corner of Washington and Desbrosses: the storefront has been rented to the people behind Anchor Bar. But other than a permit posted on one of the windows calling for a complete overhaul of the space, replacing the retail and storage space with a dining and drinking establishment, no word as to what changes we can expect to see (or when, for that matter). [PRE-PLYWOOD]

[Photo: My Upper West Side]


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