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Sweetwolf's Getting VERY Close to Opening

Foodies in the Slope have been keeping pretty close tabs on Sweetwolf's, which has been under construction for several months on quiet Sixth Avenue and 12th Street. They scouted menu items with help from Facebook, built a wood-burning oven and partnered with Forty Weight Coffee to operate the restaurant as a cafe during the morning hours, and now it appears as if they're in the final pre-opening stages, taking to Facebook once again to invite fans to private soft-open tastings.

The restaurant's focus, according to co-owner Tim Judge, is to foster a community and serve as a neighborhood hangout, and that approach fits right in with their Facebook strategy. On Monday and earlier today they updated their page with an invite to come sample the food and drink, on the house, with one caveat: you must be one of the first ten people to respond to their wall post. If you're one of the lucky ones, the offerings look damn tasty. Here was the menu for Monday's tasting:

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Priority Fitness Opening Group Studio in South Slope

Priority Fitness, the popular personal training studio on Seventh Avenue between 16th Street and Prospect Avenue, is spreading its wings a little bit, opening a group fitness studio at 409 Seventh, between 13th and 14th, in the space last occupied by Maggie's children's clothing store.

There aren't too many workout options south of the YMCA, and Priority has carved a niche for itself as a place for personal training, nutrition counseling, massage and accupuncture. With this new location, they'll be able to focus more on fitness training for small groups instead of just personal training.

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New South Slope Szechuan Restaurant About to Open

It's a fast food kind of day here on HPS. A pizzeria is opening on Seventh between 14th and 15th, and one block south, between 15th and Windsor, a restaurant called Szechuan Garden is about to open, in the space last occupied by Shoe Mine.

The restaurant has a pretty well-done website up and running, and a menu reveals that along with the traditional take-out dishes like beef with broccoli and sesame chicken, there's a rather extensive selection of authentic Szechuan dishes, like braised beef and napa cabbage with roasted chili, and braised whole fish Szechuan style.

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New Pizza Place Coming to Seventh Avenue in South Slope

A new pizzeria called Sebastiano's will be opening soon at 449 Seventh Avenue, between 15th and 16th, in the space last occupied by Vespa Hair Salon. The restaurant, sandwiched between Homebody Boutique and Pomona hair salon, has registered with the city, and its tags include buffet, Italian ices, ice cream, steak, burgers, and sushi.

I'd probably take the "sushi" tag with a grain of salt, and assume that we're in for a fairly straight-ahead pizza parlor. There's a Sebastiano's Pizza in Astoria, Queens, but a call coundn't confirm if it's related.


Sai Thai Kitchen Facade Revealed on Fifth

Many were saddened to learn back in July when local favorite Fatoosh, best known for its freshmade Middle Eastern food, closed suddenly. The space didn't remain vacant for long, though, and shortly thereafter it was announced that it would be replaced by a Thai restaurant, to be called Sai Thai.

Construction has been underway at the space, on Fifth Avenue between Eighth and Ninth Streets, for several months, and late last week the plywood came down, revealing a brand new facade. The interior still needs a ways to go before they open (I wasn't able to get a shot of the inside yet), but it reminded me a little bit of Nahm, further north up Fifth.