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The Coffee Shop Open Again; Marcus Samuelsson Heading to Meatpacking?

With Gordon Ramsay, DB Bistro Moderne, and others, room service has recently gotten a lot more ambitious — though not necessarily successful. [NYT] The Coffee Shop is back in business after its brief and much-publicized closure. [NYP] Once they move into Sascha, the brothers behind PM plan to put Aquavit’s Marcus Samuelsson in charge of the kitchen. [Eater] Related: PM Owners to Open Harlem Restaurant, Bistro-Bakery-Club in Sascha Space

PM Owners to Open Harlem Restaurant, Bistro-Bakery-Club in Sascha Space

PM owners (and brothers) Kyky and Unik are poised to increase their footprint on the meatpacking district: They’ve acquired the space that formerly housed Sascha and plan to reopen it in June as an as-yet-unnamed three-part venue that’ll include a 24-hour sandwich spot with bakery, a casual Italian bistro, and an exclusive lounge with black-on-black décor that will host D.J.’s and live music.

Sascha Purchased By Markt in Meatpacking Musical Chairs

Eater reported yesterday that long-suffering meatpacking wannabistro Sascha, a big restaurant with few customers, has finally given up the ghost. And in doing so, given neighbor Markt a chance to downsize. We have it that the owner of Sascha's space, Robert Romanoff, has rented it to Markt's people, who will soon shutter and retreat from 14th Street and Ninth Avenue to Gansevoort Street, in what appears to be an effort to get out from under an oppressive lease. Wasn’t it just yesterday that the neighborhood was seen as a gold mine? It's now seeming like it might soon be stripped.