Weekly Opening Report: The Week of December 30, 2013

A look into this week’s notable restaurant openings

The Shakespeare

A British-inspired concept, The Shakespeare, recently opened between Park and Madison in New York City, reflecting a British countryside pub and offering hearty British pub food as well as cask ales and draught beers.

Every week, we take a look at some of the restaurants that have opened or will soon open across the country. Here’s this week’s roundup:

New York City

Two British-inspired concepts, The Peacock and The Shakespeare, recently opened between Park and Madison, according to a press release. The Peacock resembles an early 19th-century English gentlemen’s club and serves traditional British food, such as warm Scotch eggs with Guinness mustard sauce, and classic cocktails, such as the Arbor Blush with Lillet Rose, Kappa Pisco, muddled green grapes, and a splash of Moet Imperial Rosé. The Shakespeare reflects a British countryside pub and offers hearty British pub food, such as ham hock ballotine with scampi fritters and parsley mustard sauce, as well as cask ales and draught beers. Chef Robert Aikens will be leading both kitchens.

Bill Telepan of Telepan on the Upper West Side just opened Telepan Local in Tribeca, according to a press release. The new restaurant serves casual tapas-style, American food, such as aranchini with bone marrow and Parmesan aioli, fried watercress with chili oil and cashews, and lamb tartare with fennel and black olive.

After two years in business, Bistro La Promenade in Chelsea has closed, according to its website, which states that the company wishes to focus on building its Azure brand.

Paul Morgan’s New-Zealand-influenced restaurant Nelson Blue, which was damaged by Hurricane Sandy in October of 2012, reopened on New Year’s Eve after undergoing renovations. Renovations included dismantling and sending hand-carved wood to Italy for repair and refurbishing the kitchen and dining room.

After closing in July, the former 51-year-old West Village bakery Mille-feuille is planned to open in March in the old Bick Nick’s space. The new bakery will offer an expanded menu and possibly sidewalk seating.

Hill Country opened its first Brooklyn location Dec. 27 in an 11,000-square-foot space serving its fried chicken, brisket, wings, and more. The restaurant is currently in its first phase of service and will soon offer a market component and live music.

Solo is planned to close on Jan. 9 and eventually move from its current space in the Sony Building to a new location, which has not yet been revealed.

Brooklyn’s 20-year-old authentic Mexican restaurant Vera Cruz recently reopened, according to a press release. The restaurant features an outdoor heated patio with a fountain, a fully stocked Tequila bar, and a menu of comfort food, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.



After over 53 years of service, Pizza Villa, considered to be Richardson’s best and possibly oldest pizza restaurant, closed Dec. 31 due to a dispute between Mark and Wayne Scott over company ownership.

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