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Empire Biscuit Comedy Festival

Screen Shot 2015-07-10 at 3.03.30 PMFrom August 2 to August 4, the East Village’s Empire Biscuit will transform into what sounds like some kind of comedy heaven, where comics you’ve seen on TV will perform from just feet away while you stuff your face with one of the restaurant’s delicious biscuits, included with the price of admission. The Empire Biscuit Comedy Festival will feature more than 40 comedians in nine shows Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Given the takeout joint’s tiny size, this should be a great chance to see big names like Sasheer Zamata of SNL and Mike Lawrence (who just opened for Marc Maron) in an (all too?) intimate setting.

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So, How’s That 24/7 Thing Going For Empire Biscuit?

A month and a half after Empire Biscuit opened to out-the-door lines and magazine write-ups galore, the biscuit buzz is still going strong: New York dropped two Underground Gourmet stars on the shop today. But that doesn’t mean the place is packed around the clock. It ain’t easy being 24/7 (right across Avenue A, BAD Burger had to give up the dream last year), so we decided to drop in at 6 a.m. and ask the shop’s owners how their “breakfast, lunch, dinner, drunk” business model is holding up.
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These Gents Will Serve Muffuletta Biscuits 24 Hours a Day

Tsuna and Price as they prepare for their reopening.

Tsuna and Price as they prepare for their reopening.

Earlier this week, Empire Biscuit opened at 198 Avenue A, near East 12th Street, and began peddling biscuits in every imaginable form (as a sandwich, slathered in gravy, or topped with an impossibly eclectic selection of spreads and jams); the demand was so great that owners Jonathan Price and Yonadav Tsuna ran out of major menu items and had to close early. They’re taking the weekend to regroup, but come this Tuesday, with an expanded staff and a bolstered inventory, they’ll officially be open 24 hours a day.
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