08/07/14 4:01pm
Damon Dash in the kitchen, via First We Eat and Damon Dash's Instagram

Damon Dash in the kitchen, via First We Eat and Damon Dash’s Instagram

It seems all but official: Damon Dash, his son Boogie and rapper Cam’ron are taking over the failed Dish restaurant in DUMBO.

Speaking with First We Eat, Damon Dash confirmed the refocused restaurant will hopefully open sometime in August. “Really, when I looked at the restaurant, I was so excited,” Dash said. “I was like, ‘I’m doing it!’ and then I instagrammed it, and then I had to do it.”

A former Dish employee confirms he heard the same information from an ex-coworker. “They [heard] she [former Dish owner Samera Abed] was trying to sell the place to Damon Dash…but I hear she was asking too much for the place.”

Dash explained that he and his team are still finalizing the menu, but that it will potentially feature a range of dishes. The late-night arm of the restaurant, Dash Lounge – whose loud after-hours patrons ruffled some feathers in the neighborhood – is scheduled to reopen as well.

“I’m going to have a night menu, or at least I’d like to. It’ll be real selfish – stuff that I love,” Dash told First We Eat. “For me, I’ve got to have a cheeseburger, chicken fingers, and a cocktail. I like ghetto gourmet.”

We’ll keep you posted as we hear more updates. As always, feel free to leave questions or leads in the comments!

08/07/14 2:01pm
Tatyana Falalizadeh, http://stoptellingwomentosmile.com

Tatyana Falalizadeh, stoptellingwomentosmile.com

The August First Thursday Gallery Walk is tonight, and the DUMBO BID has your map and gallery listings ready to go. As part of the Gallery Walk, galleries and shops stay open late, and are free and accessible to the public.

Among the exhibits drawing a buzz leading up to tonight’s events is Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s “Stop Telling Women to Smile.” Fazlalizadeh’s work has found acclaim in its powerful address of gender-based street harassment. Her work will be on display at the Made in NY Media Center at 30 John Street.

Don’t forget to stop in for a drink around the neighborhood while you’re visiting the exhibits. Find happy hour specials here, including a buy-one-get-one-free deal at Gran Electrica from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

 

08/01/14 11:15am
Photo from Absolute Piano

Photo from Absolute Piano

Absolute Piano has opened a store in Dumbo at 142 Plymouth St (between Pearl Street and Anchorage Place). They offer piano rentals, sales, tuning, and repairs as well as piano lessons. Occassionally they leave a piano in front of their shop for passer bys to play on it. Stop by and play the piano.

Absolute Piano (www.absolutepianoNY.com)
142 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
email: absolutepiano@gmail.com
facebook: facebook.com/AbsolutePianoNY
tel: 718-875-2600

07/30/14 8:02pm
The abandoned patio at Dish Dumbo in July 2014

The abandoned patio at Dish Dumbo in July 2014

Closed for renovations? Not likely.

Dish Dumbo, the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant that opened to fanfare in October 2013, looks to have shuttered its doors – likely for good. Closed since early June, the eatery at 81 Washington Street’s sheer drapes are drawn, patio plants are overgrown, and tables are stacked and abandoned. The now-worn sign in the restaurant’s glass window cites “new management” as the reason for its closure.

However, according to Jon, a former Dish employee, Ms. Abed was forced to closed her restaurant after employees walked out on June 7 after she did not pay anyone for two weeks. “The sign in the window says ‘closed due to new management’ but in reality the owner Samera Abed does not have any more money after her investor stopped funding her because of her poor management.”

Ms. Abed told DumboNYC that her employees’ claims are false. “Yes we are closed for now but it is not because the staff walked out,” she said. “We are renovating and repositioning our restaurant.”

She added, “The staff has always been treated well. If any have issues with ownership or feel they were wronged they should contact me directly as I hope to work with them again in the future.”

But Jon countered that since the employees left, “she is dodging calls and emails.”

While Dish opened to great anticipation in October 2013, it quickly became clear that the restaurant had its kinks to work out. After a repeatedly delayed opening, service reportedly quickly declined, as detailed in progressively dismal Yelp reviews. Neighbors complained of late-night partying and yelling that continued onto the street past the restaurant’s stated hours.

Ms. Abed insists that the restaurant will reopen later in the summer. However, information is swirling among former employees that she has instead moved for Florida, and that Two Trees is seeking to void her lease.

“We never got paid for the last two weeks of our employment, [and] most of us are not eligible for unemployment because most of us were there less than 6 months,” Jon said.

While Dish’s former employees look to put the restaurant behind them, Dumbo awaits what’s next for Dish’s space.

07/21/14 2:20pm

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Visit Egg by Susan Lazar at 72 Jay Street for their semi-annual sale, which includes items from their Spring/Summer 2014 collection.

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Styles including graphic tees, silk cotton dresses, swimwear and rash guards, cotton shirts, and more are up to 70% off. Some items are even as low as $8. If you can’t make it to the Dumbo location, shop online at www.egg-baby.com. Free shipping is included when you spend $100 or more.