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Pastificio Flora Coming to Eighth Avenue

A pasta-focuced Italian restaurant called Pastificio Flora is coming to the corner of Eighth Avenue and 11th Street. Many thanks to tipster Jeremy for sending the above photo of their logo in the window. Pastificio translates to "pasta factory."

While the owners have set up a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter page, there's an oddly small amount of information actually published on those sites. The best I could find was the Twitter description: "Italian designer & his partners, leaving hometown in south Italy for make their dream come true: A real Fresh Pasta Restaurant in Brooklyn, NY."

That's honestly all the information I need to be intrigued.


Checking in on David's Tea

The third New York outpost of David's Tea, the Montreal-based tea shop, is getting closer to opening in the space last occupied by Grecian Corner, on the corner of Seventh Avenue and Fourth Street.  Signage has gone up, and the interior is really coming along.

Its sidewalk shed got blown over during Sandy, but that didn't seem to slow construction down at all.

David's has over 50 locations, and all but four are in Canada, where they're quite popular. Something tells me they won't have much trouble attracting customers in such a well-trafficked spot.


New Bar Gets Facade on Fifth Ave Near 15th Street

It was all the way back in December when I first learned that a bar was in the works at 545 Fifth Avenue, between 14th and 15th Streets, in the space that was last occupied by a bodega and butcher shop. Work has been steadily progressing ever since, and recently the elegant facade was revealed.

It's certainly classy, with two doorways flanking a large central window and simple woodwork. Unclear if grey will be the final color, but it certainly looks nice. Appears as if an awning will be soon be hanging above it all as well. 


It's a large space, and is certain to be one of the larger bars on this stretch of the avenue when it opens. As for a name, judging by the word "Prospect" stenciled above the doorway, I think it can be safely inferred that this will be either all or part of it. 

UPDATE: Via the New York Times

"A Manhattan restaurateur has taken a 15-year lease for a 3,330-square-foot retail space in this three-story mixed-used building. The space is being renovated and will open as a pub-style restaurant in the summer."