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The East Village Just Got an Anti-Banker Bar Named After the Hero of Fight Club

(Photo: Erica Martin)

(Photo: Erica Martin)

A Fight Club-themed bar called Durden opened last night in Nightingale Lounge’s former space on 13th and Second Ave (right near the forthcoming Westside Market), but don’t stop by expecting any soap outside of the bathroom or jeans stolen from a laundromat on display. The bar is movie paraphernalia-free, and the Master of Mayhem himself only appears once, as part of a mural that owner Eddie Sherman commissioned Masterpiece NYC to paint along the room’s right-hand wall.
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The East Village Is Getting a Westside Market

(Photo: Danielle Walsh)

(Photo: Danielle Walsh)

First Brooklyn’s Union Market comes to Houston Street and now this: Westside Market — the family-owned supermarket chain known, among other things, for its funny cheese labels, is opening its first eastside store. According to a release, the bi-level store at 84 Third Avenue, on the corner of East 12th Street, will occupy 18,871 square feet in a new 9-story luxury rental building. That would be the Karl Fischer-designed building that caused Nevada Smiths to have to close its original location. Construction should be completed by early summer 2014.
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A Sandwich Shop Called The Sandwich Shop Is Coming to Williamsburg

(Photo: Patrick Hogan)

(Photo: Patrick Hogan)

The name may be simple, but the menu at The Sandwich Shop aims to be more creative than its moniker.

The new Williamsburg, um, sandwich shop at 658 Grand Street aims to offer fancy takes on the traditional formula of bread plus meat plus cheese. Co-owner Ricardo Picon used the word “artisanal” in describing the menu, but these days that’s practically required by law for a Williamsburg establishment.
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A Couple of Pianos Bookers Have Opened Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg

Last night after our talk with four Brooklyn club operators, Zachary Mexico and Billy Jones, who attended the event, invited us over to their new club Baby’s All Right for a tour.

The bar and live music venue, located in a former plumbing supply warehouse at 146 Broadway, is now “openish,” having hosted a Brooklyn Vegan’s CMJ showcase last weekend, but it might be a couple of weeks before it’s fully open for what Mexico describes as a “nice clean lunch” during the day and “experimental bar food” at night.
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There’s a New Flea Market, and This One Has a Live Piano Player

After hosting some epic events over the summer (Tiki Disco, Kim Gordon) the onetime factory that goes by the name Knockdown Center is remodeling so it can reopen as a proper arts center in the spring. In the meantime, it’s using its sprawling grounds in the best way possible: last weekend it launched a year-round flea market.
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Croxley’s Will Soon Open a 48-Tap Belgian Outpost in Williamsburg

IMG_4056Pub chain Croxley Ales hopes to bridge the gap between its five Long Island locations and its East Village spot with a new location in Williamsburg. That is, once the Department of Buildings comes through.

Partner Chris Werle said the new Brooklyn location, at 63-65 Grand Street, is 90 percent complete and will open swiftly once they receive the permits to finish work. An internal wall in the onetime meatpacking plant still needs to come down.
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Hit This Open Bar and Check Out Lit Lounge’s New Back Room

openingFlyerAfter Fuse Gallery closed behind Lit Lounge, owner Erik Foss gave us a preview glimpse into the new back room, which will now hold a pool table, games, seating, and rotating installations on the wall (unlike when the space was a gallery, the artwork won’t be for sale and will be covered over by each new artist). Now the space has a name (Fuse Room) and an opening date (Wednesday, Oct. 16). The launch party for “Rollers” (the debut installation from Ivory Serra, BÄST, and Lance De Los Reyes) looks like a blast (a BLÄST?): there’s an open vodka bar from 9 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and DJs include Steve Lewis, Jonathan Toubin, and Prince Terrence.

For the serious part, we go over to Foss: “We at Fuse and Lit felt that making a change was the best way to ensure our place in downtown culture and keep our vision of exposing the masses to things they would probably not normally get to see in person,” he writes in the invite, “and also to continue to help artists.”

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Cheeky Sandwiches Has Quietly Opened Its Greenpoint Spot, and There’s a Gold Room

Since last we checked in, Bread for the Eater has quietly opened in Greenpoint. The new venture from the team behind Lower East Side spot Cheeky Sandwiches is still very much in its early stages, with construction still underway on a separate, backroom dining area. “We still have a bit of work to do with the space,” says owner Din Yates, “so the opening is very soft.”
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