As we noted yesterday, Beard Papa is returning to 5 Carmine Street later this week and a good thing is coming to those who’ve waited. It’s a little something known as the Cookie Crunch Puff. The Papa’s COO Craig Takiguchi isn’t holding back when he lauds this as a “new innovation” — perhaps the West Village store was acting as a laboratory of sorts while it was closed all these months, à la El Bulli? In any case, BP’s version of cookies and cream will debut at the Upper West Side and West Village stores first and then come to the others in the next two months.
Earlier:Beard Papa Set to Reopen in West Village This Week
The infamous Sixth Avenue Taco Bell ended up becoming a T-Mobile store, but around the corner on Carmine Street, one mystery has remained: When will Beard Papa reopen? As you’ll recall, Beard Papa reopened its Astor Place store back in October, but the West Village outpost has been shuttered since August. Now COO Craig Takiguchi tells us that location will reopen for business this Thursday or early Friday with debut products in tow. This is the biggest beard news since Letterman.
Earlier:Astor Place Update: Beard Papa Up, Cold Stone Creamery Down
In a bit of Astor Place musical chairs, Beard Papa has reopened as promised while its neighbor around the corner, Cold Stone Creamery, is taking a week off. Beard Papa has added pre-made Japanese-style cakes and pastries from Gateaux bakery (we cracked open the plastic on a croissant filled with ham and half of a hard-boiled egg and also sampled some tapioca balls). Cold Stone, which had to seek approval from Landmarks for construction, is promising Original Soup Man products when it reopens November 1. Because it’s getting cold and all.
Related:Beard Papa Returning Downtown, May Hit the Slope
We promised to launch an official investigation into the mysterious closing of Beard Papa’s East and West Village locations, and, although a disconnected signal at the latter didn’t bode well, an email from COO Craig Takiguchi is more than reassuring. “We are meeting with folks in Park Slope and Bronxville,” says Takiguchi. “I suspect we will find a good location in either of those two areas sometime this year.” As for the closed stores:
WTF is going on with Beard Papa?????????? We walked by the one on 6th ave yesterday and watched the owner clean out the joint, and the one at Astor place is boarded up … WHAT is going on? PLEASE launch an investigation immediately or I will have a breakdown … I can't live without their green tea puffs.
Harlem: Doug E. Fresh's chicken-and-waffles restaurant is opening on Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard at 132nd Street. [Uptown Flavor]
Long Island City: It was an orgy of animal fats at Saturday’s burger bash at Water Taxi Beach, as this slideshow dramatically demonstrates. [Off the Broiler]
Park Slope: Hotel Le Bleu (and its rooftop restaurant, Vue) has pushed back its opening to August 13. [NewYorkology]
Upper West Side: Grom has been stealing Beard Papa’s thunder, but the latter’s mango ice shower is just as refreshing as any gelato. And cheaper. [Ed Levine Eats]
West Village: Jody Williams’s new wine bar, Gottino, is coming along nicely on Greenwich Avenue. [Eater]
Williamsburg: The grubby Chinese place on Bedford Avenue by North 7th Street is turning Japanese. [Lost City]