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Jad Abumrad of Radiolab Gets His Black Sabbath Fix at Splitty

(Photo: Nina Westervelt)

(Photo: Nina Westervelt)

Jad Abumrad is a genius. Really. In 2011, he received the ridiculously prestigious MacArthur Genius Award for creating “engaging audio explorations of scientific and philosophical questions” on his nationally syndicated WNYC show Radiolab, which he co-hosts with veteran broadcaster Robert Krulwich. When you listen to Jad talk on Radiolab or face-to-face at his favorite Brooklyn bar Splitty, it truly feels like you’re in the presence of a genius. He uses the word “quantum” way too casually and convincingly. And he drinks bourbon neat, which is definitely a genius-style drink.
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The ‘Ultimate Stoner Cupcake’ Is Coming to Bedford Avenue

An Everything Cupcake from Sweet Haus (Courtesy of the bakery)

An Everything Cupcake from sweethaus (Photos courtesy of the bakery)

Tara and Billy Koenig met while working as managers at Balthazar in 2006. Two years later, they moved to Charlottesville, VA, where they opened a bakery and candy shop in 2011. Now they’re back in NYC and living in South Williamsburg, where they plan to open a second location of sweethaus this September.
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Sweet Chick Will Cluck Up Max Fish’s Old Place Next Month

The Max Fish space after its last party. (Photo: Anna Silman)

The Max Fish space after its last party. (Photo: Anna Silman)

If yesterday’s news that Max Fish is returning to the Lower East Side via Orchard Street caused you to wonder whattup with its old home on Ludlow, well, we just got the answer: Sweet Chick, the Williamsburg chicken-and-waffles joint, just announced that it’ll open May 7, with its hangover-helping brunch launching that weekend.
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Sunburnt Cow’s Goodbye: ‘We Have Eaten, Drunk, Danced and Partied Together For Nearly 11 Years’

(Photo: Shanna Ravindra, New York Magazine)

(Photo: Shanna Ravindra, New York Magazine)

Last week, East Village brunch fixture The Sunburnt Cow announced that it was throwing in the towel. “Following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy we are sadly calling it a night,” it wrote on Facebook, announcing that April 27 would be its last bottomless brunch. Last August, when the Cow celebrated its 10th year on Avenue C, owner Heathe St. Clair told us the restaurant had suffered a quarter of a million in damages when it was flooded by Hurricane Sandy. The Aussie outpost was then operating only on weekends, and St. Clair admitted it might never return to normal. Now he’s posted a heartfelt goodbye letter on Facebook.
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San Loco Is Closing Its Williamsburg Outpost, Plans to Relocate

637 Driggs last year, when it was vacant.

637 Driggs last year, when it was vacant.

Just weeks after San Loco closed its Avenue A store of 15 years, there’s been another shakeup in the empire: the Williamsburg store will close April 20, according to a manager who, citing a conversation with his boss, told us, “I think we lost our lease.”
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