Per Se vet Ben Hershberger has been appointed the head baker and instructor at Hot Bread Kitchen, a social enterprise bakery that provides low-income and foreign-born women with paid training to become professional bakers. Fitz Tallon was promoted to executive chef at Manzo. Gramercy Terrace at Gramercy Park Hotelreopened after renovations with a new “American Classic” menu from Jeff Seizer. Michael Psilakis (Anthos) opened a second location of MP Taverna to the north in Westchester. Italian-Asian fusion eater Siro’s, whose original location is up in Saratoga, just opened a sister spot in Manhattan. Black Tree Sandwich Shop, a second location of Sweetleaf coffee shop, and Biang! from the Xi’an Famous Foods crew all debuted. Maslow 6 Wine Bar is now open adjacent to the wine shop of the same name; Executive Chef Nick Kipper is in charge of the menu of small plates and panini.
The modern kosher restaurant Jezebel opens next month with Bradford Thompson (Café Boulud) in charge. Pie Corps hope to have a brick-and-mortar location up and baking by June. Guy Fieri will open Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar in Times Square later this year. Ciano’s Shea Gallante is opening Italian Kitchen in Ardsley, N.Y. with Paul Mancebo (Ciano) handling kitchen duties. Later this year, Sugar and Plumm Purveyors of Yumm and Zucker’s Bagels & Smoked Fish will open their second locations. The team behind the clam shack Littleneck will open The Pines later in 2012 with Angelo Romano (Roberta’s) overseeing the menu, while the Post Office crew will open the seafood-centric OTB this fall. Meanwhile, we hear that a Florida-retirement-styled shuffleboard bar is in the works in Gowanus…but only because it was shouted loudly right into our good ear by someone wearing plaid golf pants.
Belcourt has shuttered; the space will become Calliope by Eric Korsh (Waverly Inn) and his wife Ginevra Iverson (Prune). The steakhouse Ben Benson’s will close just after Father’s Day.
Photo of Michael Psilakis, MP Taverna.