Seen & Heard: Atera to Open Soon

••• I hear that Atera, the restaurant coming to the old Compose space on Worth, is soft opening (to friends and family) next week. Nice logo.

••• Jem Café has reopened, this time completely owned and run by Jem Fabric Warehouse.

••• I put the leaderboard ad for my novel Nutmegger back up on top of the website to remind everyone what a juicy location that is for an ad, and I’m in the mood to make a deal so I don’t have to look at it all the time, reminding me that I resorted to self-publishing. Also, I slashed the price to $3.99. You can read it on Kindle, iPad, Nook, etc.

••• From Taste of Tribeca: “Tickets are now on sale online! Take advantage of the early bird special price of $40, they’ll go up to $45 soon and will be $50 on the day.” This year’s event is May 19, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

••• Community Board One will host a meeting about John Street construction on Tuesday, Mar. 6 (6–8 p.m.) at the LMCCC office at One Liberty Plaza, 20th floor: “Attendees must bring photo ID and RSVP by 3 p.m. on March 5 to”

••• I need to buy a copy of Yotam Ottolenghi’s excellent new cookbook, Plenty, for a gift, so I checked Barnes & Noble’s website. I love the idea of being able to see if your local store has a certain book, and to have it held for you. But—and this has happened twice—the discrepancy between the store price ($35) and the online price ($23) drives me up the wall. Just had to share it.

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  1. Davis Thompkins, Jem Cafe’s original owner, put so much work into that place, its a shame to see 4 months later that he is booted from it and Jem Fabrics taking it over. Is there any more details of what happened? Is David opening a cafe anywhere else?

  2. Jem fabrics business practice seems pretty shady to me. Don’t think I will go there any time soon.

  3. Plenty by Y. Ottolenghi is incredibly good. My life will be complete the day Ottolenghi opens one of his London-based shops in Tribeca.

  4. @M: Totally agree. In fact, when I heard whispers today of a prepared foods restaurant in the works for south Tribeca, I found myself hoping it would be Ottolenghian.

  5. Our experiences with and at Jem have always been fantastic. In fact, they were even kind enough to donate fabric and other materials to a charity event our 10-yr old daughter was hosting. I’m sure there is much more to this story than we know, and should not be so quick to judge without all of the details.

  6. Any word on Atera opening? I read somewhere they had started taking reservations but I only get a voicemail about looking forward to opening when I try the number.

  7. @Ed: Nope. I had heard they were doing friends-and-family, but who knows how long they’ll want to work out the kinks

  8. Just got someone on the phone at Atera, they are not yet taking reservations,contra urbandaddy article. Sounds like they are not even soft open yet, guess I’ll have to keep waiting. Looking forward to trying Lightner’s stuff.