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News Briefs for January 10, 2012

January 10, 2012

•Whole Foods is expanding its line of wines with no sulfites added (NSA) to become the first national retailer to carry USDA Certified Organic NSA wines from Italy and Spain. Whole Foods has added Spartico Organic Tempranillo from Bodegas Iranzo winery in Spain and Organic Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Rosso Convento from La Cantina Pizzolato in Italy—all priced under $13 a 750-ml. Most Whole Foods locations carry between 10-20 selections of organic NSA wines, including Roulé Rouge from northern California and Frey Vineyards from Mendocino County.

•Pernod Ricard USA has entered the sparkling rosé Moscato category with the release of Zed Moscato Rosé. Zed is priced at $14.99 a 750-ml. and is currently available in select retail locations in New York and Georgia, with more markets to follow this summer. In other company news, Pernod is backing its namesake Absinthe Superieure label by teaming with Brooklyn art guide Wagmag to create “The Art & Absinthe Guide to Brooklyn” mobile app. The app features Wagmag’s monthly gallery and events listings as well as suggestions for cocktail lounges that serve Pernod Absinthe Superieure.

•Philadelphia restaurateur Stephen Starr is looking to open two more restaurants in New York City over the next 12 months, the company’s spokesperson confirmed, although further details weren’t available at press time. Founded in 1995, Starr operates 20 restaurants in Philadelphia, two in Atlantic City, two in Florida and three in New York City—including hotspots Buddakan, Morimoto and the newly opened Caffe Storico.

•Indianapolis-based restaurant chain Steak ‘n Shake is opening its first New York City location tomorrow in midtown Manhattan. Although the chain is primarily known for its hamburgers and milkshakes, the NYC Steak ‘n Shake will be the first unit to serve wine and beer. The space itself will be set up more like a bar than a restaurant, with counter-service only. Steak ‘n Shake restaurants are operated by Steak ‘n Shake Operations, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Biglari Holdings, Inc.

•Belgian restaurateur Mathieu Palombino is opening the Bowery Diner on Sunday in New York City. The 130-seat restaurant is inspired by the classic American diner, but with a more creative and high-end menu, including oysters, duck confit and smoked meats—and rather than root beer floats, the Bowery Diner will offer beer ($8 for draft; $6-$10 for cans and bottles) and specialty cocktails with premium ingredients ($9-$12), like the Grace Kelly (Bluecoat gin, Cocchi Americano, orange bitters and rose water) and the Sunshine Sour (Zubrowka Bison Grass vodka, St. Germaine, Aperol, lemon, egg white and absinthe).

 

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