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There Was Bubbly and Braiding as Northeast Kingdom Ended Its 10-Year Run

Staff and friends of Bushwick's Northeast Kingdom during their closing party, May 29 at 1am. Co-owner Paris Smeraldo is dead center behind the bar in the blue button-down shirt and his partner Meg is next to him at his left. (Photo: Nick McManus.)

Staff and friends of Bushwick’s Northeast Kingdom during their closing party, May 29 at 1am. Co-owner Paris Smeraldo is dead center behind the bar in the blue button-down shirt and his partner Meg is next to him at his left. (Photo: Nick McManus.)

Bushwick lost one of its pioneering restaurants over the weekend when Northeast Kingdom closed after more than 10 years off of the Jefferson stop. (Yes, Virginia, it opened way before there was a “Jefftown.”) In a goodbye message, owners Paris Smeraldo and Meg Lipke explained that they hoped to devote more time and energy to their children and their upstate farm and home (Lipke, a visual artist, will continue working from her Bushwick studio).

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A Look Inside Faro, the New One From Northeast Kingdom’s Kevin Adey

(Photo: Samantha Gilette)

(Photo: Samantha Gillette)

On the eve of Faro’s official opening tonight in Bushwick, a freshly skinned goat waited in the kitchen, next to a tub of garlic bulbs. “Such a huge percentage of my success is dealing with the best products,” said chef Kevin Adey (formerly of Northeast Kingdom”>Northeast Kingdom) about the restaurant he’s launching with his wife Debbie Adey. “It makes my job so much easier. The meat we have is the highest quality meat you can get. People think I’m a wizard and all I do is put salt on it.”

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