Seen & Heard: Franklin Caffé Is No More

••• Franklin Caffé Buon Gusto, the restaurant at Franklin and W. Broadway, ise getting reborn as 2 Spaghi (maybe you say it “Due Spaghi?” maybe it’s twice as good as one Spago?), a “ristorante romano.” Interestingly—and oddly—2 Spaghi is also the name of an Italian social network about food. No evidence of a menu, and not sure if it’s the same owners. UPDATE: I just walked by again, and since this morning the restaurant has constructed an entire outdoor-bar-seating system around its façade. (See smaller photo above; click to enlarge.) The menus sitting on a table outside still say Franklin Caffé Buon Gusto on them.

••• The Pier 25 snack bar is open. I was out jogging, and I forgot the menu as soon as I looked at it. I know there was a veggie burger, and I think hot dogs, and several ice cream bars. UPDATE: See photo (click to enlarge). I heartily recommend the Double Caramel Magnum Bar.

••• From Chabad of Tribeca/Soho: “We will be opening our Hebrew school, Hi Tech Hebrew this coming September. Hi Tech Hebrew will combine an innovative multi sensory approach to learning enhanced by interactive technology with an outstanding Judaic & Hebrew language program and social action focus.”

••• “This summer the River to River Festival and The Joyce Theater will present the U.S. premiere of ‘Le Grand Continental’ by Montreal-based choreographer Sylvain Émard at the South Street Seaport. The performance brings together 200+ participants of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds—dancers and non-dancers alike—to perform a contemporary re-imagining of a traditional festive line dance. This is an open call to perform in the River To River Festival and work with an internationally renowned choreographer. Join a diverse and dynamic group of New Yorkers from all five boroughs for this free, fun, once-in-a-lifetime event. If you are a dancer—professional or amateur—or just want to be one, we want you! Prospective participants must attend one of the following info sessions: April 19 @ Joyce SoHo, Studio 3, 155 Mercer Street; April 23 @ Joyce SoHo, Studio 1, 155 Mercer. Click here for more info and to sign up:” The performances are June 22-24.

••• There’s a sale going on at 45 (43?) White.


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