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scarsdalesurprise Aug 26, 2013 02:46 PM

So, looks like former Morton Williams/Turco's location will become a Mrs. Greens. Ugh - not a fan.

Also, down the road the former sushi location next to Zaza/Rustico will now be "D&A Smokehouse" bbq - could be good. We shall see.

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    wincountrygirl Aug 26, 2013 02:59 PM

    Ugh to Mrs. Greens.

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      Elisa515 Aug 26, 2013 03:06 PM

      Why ugh? It's in the center whose parking lot adjoins H-Mart, and right down the road from Trader Joe's.

      Seems to me that Mrs. Green's complements those places, offering different items.

      Is there still a Mrs. Greens well south of there, in the shopping center with the other Asian food market (Golden Dragon? some other name?)?

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        wincountrygirl Aug 26, 2013 03:27 PM

        Ugh is I was hoping for a Fairway. I have not one but 2 Mrs. Greens within 10 minutes of where I live.

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          Elisa515 Aug 26, 2013 03:39 PM

          We in the northern river towns have trouble sympathizing :) --especially with Zeytinia apparently imploding, or maybe it's already closed.

          Fairway would have been nice, though, you're right. I bet the amount of space would have worked, too.

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            MisterBill2 Oct 9, 2013 07:22 PM

            No way that store would have been big enough for a Fairway. Fairway is opening 65,000 square foot stores these days. I think that's bigger than H Mart, which is only 37,000 square feet.

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          scarsdalesurprise Aug 26, 2013 08:15 PM

          Mrs. Green's is south of there, but I bet it will close when the new location opens.

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            BuildingMyBento Aug 28, 2013 07:00 PM

            No kidding, there's an H-mart on Central now?

            Also, did I hear correctly that the most profitable CPK is the Scarsdale one?

            Lastly, I was disappointed (just a little bit, 'tis all) to learn that the Nathan's was knocked down. What's happening in its place?

            Jonathan
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              JMF Aug 28, 2013 07:07 PM

              Nathans is going to be a CVS superstore with a Nathans franchise inside.

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                Elisa515 Aug 28, 2013 07:21 PM

                Not sure what a CPK is.

                Yes, H-Mart is in the space formerly occupied by Pathmark, in the shopping center just north of the one with Trader Joe's, just south of the former Turco's/Morton Williams.

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                  JMF Aug 28, 2013 07:41 PM

                  California Pizza Kitchen.

                  Most profitable CPK is at the Waterfront in Marina dey Rey.

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            51rich Aug 26, 2013 03:12 PM

            unlikely to get a "real" bbq place in that location, i would think, still,one can hope

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              scarsdalesurprise Aug 26, 2013 08:17 PM

              Here is the website: http://dnasmokehousebbq.com/

            2. JMF Aug 26, 2013 11:33 PM

              As for that smokehouse/bbq. I don't have any hope at all. Not a single mention of a smoker or a single photo of one. Not any mention of real 'cue at all. Only a grill. (sigh)

              I am aso ugh for Mrs. Greens. Also not a fan, and there is one on Rt 22 in Scarsdale/Eastchester and the one next to Golden Shopping Center a mile or so south, unless it closes.

              Fairway would have been nice. Wegman's would have been a dream come true.

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                scarsdalesurprise Aug 27, 2013 03:45 AM

                I would have given just about anything for Wegmans!

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                  MisterBill2 Oct 9, 2013 07:26 PM

                  There is going to be a Wegmans opening in Montvale, NJ, which is just over the border from Rockland.

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/900399

                  Not Westchester, but a lot closer than what we have now. And you can shop at Fairway in Paramus or (as of tomorrow) Nanuet while you're over there.

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                  wincountrygirl Aug 27, 2013 04:00 AM

                  I've never been in Wegman's but based on everyone's comments I'd love one. I am not enthused at all about Mrs. Greens. The only thing I get there - the Muir Glen tomatoes are usually cheaper there than in the supermarket. And if I need vitamins! Otherwise, from the two near me - the produce is not very good and its very expensive.

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                    roxlet Aug 27, 2013 07:21 AM

                    And I find that Mrs. Green's has that weird health food store vitamin smell, which I find repulsive.

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                      scarsdalesurprise Aug 27, 2013 07:24 AM

                      I know - I can smell it now. Not good.

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                        wincountrygirl Aug 28, 2013 03:52 AM

                        Exactly!

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                          mrsdebdav Aug 28, 2013 11:54 AM

                          So totally agree! I'm veg and I can barely stand to walk into Mrs G's. I hate the Whole Foods' parking lot (White Plains) but at least WF doesn't have that objectionable stench.

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                            MisterBill2 Oct 9, 2013 07:28 PM

                            WF is opening in Port Chester on October 22nd! No more having to deal with the WP parking lot!!!

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                          Barrels41 Aug 28, 2013 02:40 PM

                          A Wegman's is huge. Probably as big as Stew's or Costco. No place for them with current zoning. Maybe one day when the 5,000,000 sq. ft. of vacant, obsolete office parks are rezoned. I am not sure we need a huge supermarket around here. No one wants to hear it but we need some modern gas stations and auto dealership facilities.

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                          woodburner Aug 28, 2013 03:20 PM

                          Look at their menu... it mentions a Cookshack smoker. I know them... electric commercial smoker which uses a small amount of wood, in a box surrounding the heat element. Can be OK, but not the same as real wood-smoked product... I have used both: I had a home model cookshack and got rid of it after a few years... moved on! They have a narrow menu, and it is possible to produce a good meal, depending on many factors...

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                            JMF Aug 28, 2013 03:49 PM

                            That menu and info is completely new since I last checked it out. There was no mention of the menu, smoker, or "15 hour brisket." The website must be brand new and they are still building it. I'm now a bit more curious.

                            I haven't used a Cookshack. I have a Bradley for home use and small events that I like. I've had pure wood smokers of all types, but not doing it pro anymore.

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                              woodburner Aug 28, 2013 08:18 PM

                              What's funny is that the site, I think it was a cleaner's? They remodeled and a guy did BBQ... someone connected me to him. I wanted to do authentic/wood/quality, and he wanted to do something quicker/commercial, and he did, and he went out pretty quick.. then it was Japanese... now BBQ again. We'll see.

                              Has anyone tried the BBQ at Four Corners in Hartsdale? Been there maybe a year or so? Looks depressing...

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                                JMF Aug 29, 2013 07:50 AM

                                I've glanced at it, but as you say, it looks depressing. I know I should have stopped in since I am at the Japanese market a few doors down quite often, but there is no sign or smell of smoke.

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                                  JMF Oct 9, 2013 08:00 PM

                                  I just looked at the website again, and they say they will be using mesquite to smoke with. Definitely not traditional, real BBQ. Mesquite is traditionally used for grilling because it burns so hot. To hot for low and slow real BBQ, plus it is too overpowering. I wonder if they are even going to open though since there doesn't seem to be any news.

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                                    Barrels41 Oct 10, 2013 04:47 PM

                                    I take out bar be que chicken frequently. Sometimes ribs. I think it is very good. I am not a barbeque expert but for us it is good takeout.

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                                      JMF Oct 10, 2013 06:20 PM

                                      Have you gotten food from this place? When did the open?

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                              traceyk Oct 9, 2013 06:58 PM

                              From what I've heard, you can't get a smoker license in Westchester.

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                                JMF Oct 9, 2013 07:52 PM

                                Traceyk, there have been several BBQ places over the years in Westchester that have smokers. There was a place in North White Plains, another in Valhalla, etc. Each town makes their own zoning laws, so it isn't a Westchester thing. I've never heard of a "smoker license" if you have any information about that, a source for a Westchester "license", I would love to hear.

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                                  woodburner Oct 10, 2013 06:56 AM

                                  Hi JMF. The county does license restaurants, however. It's not so much a smoking license, as overall resto. Now, if neighbors complain about smoke, then I think the county can require a precipitator, or change of equipment. Yeah, that Valhalla place had a J&R LIttle Red Smokehouse, which was all wood. But almost all places up here use a commercial combo, either gas/elect with some wood. Lots of Southern Prides, Ole Hickorys, etc. I like to use mesquite in small amounts with beef. And I believe what I'm doing with my briskets still qualifies as real BBQ. ;-)

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                                    JMF Oct 10, 2013 10:17 AM

                                    The key word is small amounts of mesquite. This restaurant says that's all they will use. They also say 15 hour smoked brisket. Can you imagine 15 hours of mesquite? I don't even like to think of that.

                                    Sure, the county license's restaurants. But I never heard of a smoker license.

                                    (With a name like woodburner I am sure you are doing ral BBQ.)

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                                      roxlet Oct 10, 2013 10:19 AM

                                      Very acrid. Not good for long smoking at all. Hickory, cherry, oak, any hardwood really, according to my DH who is the Pitmaster.

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                                        woodburner Oct 10, 2013 12:19 PM

                                        Yep. Agree. I think they mean all they use is mesquite, in the small amounts that go in the gas pit! And while no smoker license, I think the health dept can still jerk you around about the smoker...

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                                          JMF Oct 10, 2013 12:22 PM

                                          Looks like they may be open. I just drove by and while they had paper on the windows, they also had the new sign up and an "open" Sign up as well.

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                                            mrsdebdav Oct 10, 2013 01:31 PM

                                            http://dnasmokehousebbq.com/

                                            oops, sorry, didn't realize web site was already common knowledge.

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                                              foodiemom10583 Oct 10, 2013 03:32 PM

                                              They're not answering their phone.

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                                    jcmods Jan 13, 2014 01:15 PM

                                    Supposedly Mrs Green's now sells Ta'iam hummous (the place in Hastings). Used to get that stuff at the Bronxville Farmer's Market. It's the best tasting premade hummous I have ever had and I have tried a lot of them. That would be a reason for me to go there if it is true and they manage to keep it in stock.

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                                      mrsdebdav Jan 14, 2014 10:24 AM

                                      Yes, true. Bought some there myself the other day. I recall they had a number of flavor variations.

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                                        jcmods Jan 16, 2014 01:23 PM

                                        I tried their Saffron Hummus and it was really good.

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                                    djca Aug 27, 2013 09:39 AM

                                    The former Bread Factory Cafe location in the Traders Joe strip mall will become a Bareburger.

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                                      roxlet Aug 27, 2013 10:12 AM

                                      Educate me. What's a Bareburger?

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                                        scarsdalesurprise Aug 27, 2013 12:18 PM

                                        Looks like there a a bunch of them in the city. http://www.bareburger.com/restaurants/

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                                          roxlet Aug 27, 2013 02:41 PM

                                          You're right. Hmmm. I'd rather have an In and Out!

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                                            51rich Aug 27, 2013 05:18 PM

                                            shake shack*L*/ or as i said earlier- plan b ,which has big full size (read fat-like homemade) not really fast food type- but looked awfully good

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                                              51rich Aug 27, 2013 05:23 PM

                                              funny story- my first mini cooper- back in 2002 had a license plate surround for inn-n-out, ppl. were often asking questions, when i stopped-they were very rare in those days, one time a guy had me roll down the window- he shouted out "do you like yours animal style?- light changed and i drove off, wondering what he was talking about, weeks later i noticed my bracket, and realized what he meant.

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                                                roxlet Aug 28, 2013 04:41 AM

                                                :)

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                                          Barrels41 Aug 28, 2013 02:30 PM

                                          Tough with Smashburger opening on Tarrytown Rd. Jake's Wayback Burgers next to Verizon is a bust. Chipotle would have been a home run. You have to be the top dog in your niche today. Wallets are tight and the customer is fussy.

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                                            woodburner Aug 28, 2013 03:22 PM

                                            Smashburger where on tarrytown rd?

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                                              Barrels41 Aug 28, 2013 04:50 PM

                                              Loehmann's Center. Their sign is up.

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                                                woodburner Aug 28, 2013 08:19 PM

                                                Sorry... is that by White Plains Bowl?

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                                                  Barrels41 Aug 29, 2013 12:44 AM

                                                  Correct

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                                                    Barrels41 Oct 26, 2013 11:29 AM

                                                    I had lunch at Smashburger in White Plains. Always a line. Very nice bright restaurant. Very good food and attentive employees. Creative burger recipes. I want in on the IPO!

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                                          Barrels41 Aug 28, 2013 02:24 PM

                                          The new owners of Mrs. Green's want to be more like Whole Foods and less granola and Birkenstocks. They also leased the closed Gourmet on Broadway in Tarrytown.

                                          It's a tough niche for that location because all the aggressive supermarkets are selling organics. Also the local area in Hartsdale is mixed income and the local upper middle to higher income customers are "old school".

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                                            mrsdebdav Aug 28, 2013 03:41 PM

                                            Didn't know Mrs Green's has new owners. I think that's good news - their stores have been going downhill for years IMHO. Any info on who the new owners are?

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                                              mrsdebdav Aug 29, 2013 08:57 AM

                                              Went to the Mrs G on Post in Scarsdale this morning. Everything is being moved around, and lots of hammering and construction noises.

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                                                MisterBill2 Oct 9, 2013 07:32 PM

                                                Hopefully they'll upgrade their store in Yorktown as well.

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                                                  Elisa515 Oct 10, 2013 11:05 PM

                                                  Briarcliff store is beautifully renovated. Lots more products; I didn't do a thorough look around, but the produce looked great and there was much more variety.

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                                                    DGresh Oct 11, 2013 03:42 AM

                                                    I agree the Briarcliff store looks nice, but it seems like there's more "packaged" stuff and less "bulk" (i.e. inexpensive) stuff. I forget what I was looking for; I just remembered when I found it, it was much more expensive than it used to be.

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                                                      Marge Oct 11, 2013 05:34 AM

                                                      Agree! No more wonderful bulk nuts, etc. And the packaged stuff is now commercial (as opposed to cooked by "Chef Mark") and almost double the price it used to be. Actually, many of their prices make Whole Foods seem reasonable! And although I agree the renovation is nice, there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the organization, with randomly displayed goods. My dog (whose favorited biscuits are no longer stocked there) and I are not impressed.

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                                                    mrsdebdav Dec 13, 2013 05:56 PM

                                                    Went to the new Mrs Green's on Central Ave today. It's gigantic and the staff is lovely. Highly recommend.
                                                    Different than Whole Foods in that there isn't the depth of prepared foods, which is fine with me as this isn't my area of interest.

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                                                      MisterBill2 Dec 13, 2013 07:01 PM

                                                      Yes, I stopped in today when I was at HMart. Really nice store with friendly employees all over the place. It reminded me visually of the Fresh Market in Eastchester. It does not appear that they've closed the one further down Central Avenue. Does anyone know if they're planning to? Certainly a major step up from their other stores!

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                                                Maryld Oct 10, 2013 06:47 AM

                                                Speaking of the Scarsdale area, does anyone know anything about Petra on Garth Rd? We've been looking forward to having Greek food in the neighborhood for quite a few months now.

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                                                  scarsdalesurprise Oct 10, 2013 12:21 PM

                                                  I haven't seen progress on Petra in ages,

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                                                  valerie Dec 11, 2013 07:26 PM

                                                  I noticed today that Smashburger opened in the ShopRite shopping center (Midway).

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                                                    Maryld Dec 12, 2013 06:57 AM

                                                    What appears to be a Brazilian (?) rotisserie chicken place
                                                    is opening up on Central Ave. right past 4 corners in Hartsdale, in the former location of the Caribbean restaurant.

                                                    Also, I have noticed there is work being done on the former Spiga site, so maybe Ben's Deli will open in the
                                                    near(ish) future.

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                                                      scarsdalesurprise Dec 12, 2013 07:19 AM

                                                      It also looks as if Cafe Azzuri near Hartsdale Ave closed.

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                                                        foodiemom10583 Dec 12, 2013 08:24 AM

                                                        Thank goodness. Azzuri had the worst service I ever encountered in Westchester.

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                                                          scarsdalesurprise Dec 12, 2013 08:44 AM

                                                          Lol. I had a meal at the bar over the summer, and it was actually pretty good.

                                                          That corner is tough - not much parking available.

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                                                            foodiemom10583 Dec 12, 2013 03:01 PM

                                                            The lot is tight, too.

                                                            I didn't mind the food. It was fine, even good at times. I did mind the morons they hired as hosts, waiters, and bussers.

                                                            A conversation my husband had with a waiter there comes to mind. He ordered a steak sandwich at a pre-paid, celebratory luncheon with a set menu. He was brought a hamburger. There were other people at our table with steak sandwiches.

                                                            My husband said, "This isn't a steak sandwich."
                                                            Waiter said, "Yes it is."
                                                            "No it isn't. It's a hamburger."
                                                            "It is chopped steak, sir."
                                                            "I didn't order chopped steak, I ordered a steak sandwich."

                                                            This went on for 10 minutes. It wasn't even the most egregious error that occurred at that restaurant but it was the funniest, especially when the other people with steak sandwiches at the table held them up and waved them around for the waiter to see.

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                                                              MisterBill2 Dec 13, 2013 06:59 PM

                                                              He should have asked what item the people who had the actual steak sandwiches received. Pretty funny that the servers were such a**holes (well I guess if it happened to you it wouldn't be funny).

                                                  2. roxlet Dec 12, 2013 10:40 AM

                                                    Has anyone heard of any plans for the former Chef Central site? I just took a spin up to White Plains and checked out Chef Central's temporary location. Don't go if you're claustrophobic!

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                                                      scarsdalesurprise Dec 12, 2013 11:26 AM

                                                      I took a glance the other day as I was driving by. It looks like they were splitting up the space into separate areas. Sadly, I'm thinking some sort of medical office. Boring.

                                                      Roxlet - you are right about the new CC - very crowded!

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                                                        kaaaassss Dec 12, 2013 12:27 PM

                                                        hopefully their permanent location will be roomier.

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                                                          jcmods Dec 12, 2013 12:40 PM

                                                          I thought they were moving to the plaza where Lohman's is. Is that the temporary location? Or will they be moving again. I happened to catch their 60% off sale last August and I asked them where they were going.

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                                                            valerie Dec 12, 2013 06:24 PM

                                                            They are in a temporary space in the Crossroads shopping center while the permanent store is being finished...also in Crossroads shopping Center.

                                                            http://www.chefcentral.com/pages/Hart...

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                                                            JMF Dec 13, 2013 09:17 PM

                                                            And the temp. staff are terrible.

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                                                              roxlet Dec 14, 2013 06:34 AM

                                                              Agree 100%. I stood at the register for several minutes before anyone bothered to look at me. I finally cleared my throat, and got a dirty look. Oh! Excuse me for interrupting your conversation.

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                                                                JMF Dec 14, 2013 08:08 AM

                                                                I told them off on two occasions for their rude behavior. I also sent a complaint email on their website.

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                                                                  chowdom Dec 14, 2013 11:50 AM

                                                                  The exact same thing happened to me at the original location shortly before they vacated. I had never had a problem there before this incident so I just let it go.

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                                                                wincountrygirl Dec 14, 2013 08:13 AM

                                                                WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT????? It's been so long since I've gotten down there I didn't even know. But I'm glad they are not out of business!

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                                                                  Barrels41 Dec 15, 2013 09:51 PM

                                                                  Safaveigh Furniture will move in to the former Chef Central.

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                                                                    MRS Dec 16, 2013 10:07 AM

                                                                    did they just go out of business across the street? weird.

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                                                                    rgny Jan 14, 2014 08:48 AM

                                                                    I am so sad about Chef Central. They had the BEST cooking camps for teenagers. Very professional. My kids did several week long camps and learned so much. The new Chef Central will not have any cooking facilities in the permanent location and will not be offering the camps or classes any more. I have no reason to go there any more.

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                                                                      JMF Jan 14, 2014 11:17 AM

                                                                      Yes, the only reason to go would be to check out items in person that I can buy cheaper online. Or to get something right away when it can't wait a few days.

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                                                                        roxlet Jan 14, 2014 12:23 PM

                                                                        That is so strange that Chef's Central would move to a new space and actually have worse or lesser facilities than they had on Central Avenue. I just assumed that they wanted to expand into a bigger, more commodious space when they changed locations. I will be a much more infrequent visitor to their store since it's now further from my home, and if I need something right away, I can always go to the Sur La Table in Ridge Hill, which is a lot closer.

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                                                                          Barrels41 Jan 17, 2014 10:42 PM

                                                                          They take the Bed Bath Beyond coupons. Their old building was sold to Savaveigh who moved from the Drexel building. The Crossroads center they moved to is being modernized and leased to new tenants like DSW and Pet Smart. Some hard goods stores are taking less retail space as their on-line sales increase.

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                                                                            rgny Jan 18, 2014 05:45 AM

                                                                            That doesn't make sense. I don't think they have much online presence. Their business model seemed to be all about getting people into the store via events and classes. The other store, in Paramus, has been increasing its events in fact. I get emails from them - they just had a chef competition last week. I don't see how this Westchester store is going to make it just as a plain old retail store - it is easier for most of us to order the gear from Amazon

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                                                                              roxlet Jan 18, 2014 06:08 AM

                                                                              I agree!

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                                                                                wincountrygirl Jan 18, 2014 01:04 PM

                                                                                The best thing about that store is the browsing in it. You can't do that on line.

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                                                                                  roxlet Jan 18, 2014 01:13 PM

                                                                                  True, but if you're like me, you wind up buying things that you really don't need! I'll save some money with CC being further away.

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                                                                                    wincountrygirl Jan 18, 2014 03:26 PM

                                                                                    Yes, I absolutely do.

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                                                                        lemarais Dec 15, 2013 11:12 AM

                                                                        Does Mrs. Green's have prepared hot foods?

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                                                                          mrsdebdav Dec 15, 2013 03:49 PM

                                                                          lemarais, if you're directing that question to me, please note I mentioned I don't buy prepared foods, so I'm not qualified to answer your question. I did see a deli case and a smallish salad bar, but I can't respond directly to your question about hot food.

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                                                                            lemarais Dec 16, 2013 09:57 AM

                                                                            The question, as are most questions on CH, was directed to anyone who knows the answer.

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                                                                          ElizaJane Jan 10, 2014 02:53 PM

                                                                          Mrs. Greens prices the items it sells at high market prices then says it is on sale for 15-20 off. You end up paying full price, if you compare it to other places selling the same brands. Unfortunately, I pass it on my way home so I only go if I am desperate. I hate it and try not to spend there.

                                                                          1. woodburner Jan 11, 2014 12:02 PM

                                                                            Anyone know when Ben's is opening in Scarsdale?

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                                                                              scarsdalesurprise Jan 13, 2014 01:22 PM

                                                                              The building looks like it's a long way from finished.

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                                                                                valerie Jan 19, 2014 05:14 PM

                                                                                Early 2014 according to this article.

                                                                                http://scarsdale.dailyvoice.com/lifes...

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                                                                                  wineconsul Jan 20, 2014 04:06 AM

                                                                                  According to a recent update from their ownership "construction has been delayed yet again" and they hope to have it open by later this year.

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                                                                                    iluvcookies Apr 14, 2014 01:25 PM

                                                                                    I happened to be in the area of the future Ben's this past weekend and construction is well underway.
                                                                                    Looks like the back half of the existing building was taken down and the front part stripped pretty clean. I can't imagine it being ready to open soon.

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                                                                                      MisterBill2 Apr 14, 2014 06:35 PM

                                                                                      I was told by someone in their Queens location that the current date is October.

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                                                                                  MrEaterouter Jan 20, 2014 01:22 AM

                                                                                  Ben"s Deli will open in Scarsdale during the latter part of the first quarter of 2014.

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                                                                                    Barrels41 Jan 23, 2014 09:11 PM

                                                                                    I went to Mrs. Green's after lunch at Epstein's
                                                                                    In Hartsdale today. There were more people in Epstein's. Mrs. Green's was selling filet mignon at $34.00 a lb. I think it will go the way of Gourmet Garage and Morton Williams. They opened a store for granola millionaires in an eggplant Parmesan location.

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                                                                                      wincountrygirl Jan 24, 2014 03:50 AM

                                                                                      When they close maybe we can get a Fairway!

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                                                                                        Barrels41 Jan 24, 2014 04:56 PM

                                                                                        It is too small for Fairway.

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                                                                                        roxlet Jan 24, 2014 04:44 AM

                                                                                        lol!

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                                                                                          Westjanie Jan 24, 2014 07:11 AM

                                                                                          Maybe we passed each other in one of those locations -- visited the same places. I went into Mrs G's because I knew they carried some very good breads, but ended up also buying some produce because they looked good and were no more expensive than elsewhere. I thought maybe they were moderating some prices to attract more customers since this is a big store to keep going otherwise. But, yes, a lot of their food is just more expensive than I care to shell out. I happen to be feeding three generations of family these days, with many different tastes and requirements, and I spend a lot of time in a lot of different markets trying to meet most of these needs, making some compromises on costs just to keep the number of market visits within some reasonable parameters, but not a roast for $34/lb.

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                                                                                          silverstarfish Feb 28, 2014 09:13 AM

                                                                                          I picked up takeout from the new chicken place just north of Hartsdale Ave. on Central Ave. Not the night to go to that area, stuck in traffic for half an hour after I got my takeout because of a power outage in Hartsdale. The chicken was still hot when I got home and very good. The owner is Puerto Rican but says that the chicken is Peruvian. I don't want to compare it to the good Peruvian places in Port Chester but, I liked the food. Sides were luke warm for me but, very tasty rice and the beans are fantastic. My one complaint, and its a big one, is the portion size. I paid $22+ for a family chicken meal and got one whole chicken about 3 pounds (that was fine) and three sides that were tiny. I had to pull some leftover veggies and rice out of the fridge to round out the meal for my wife and 2 kids. Billed as "Large Sides" they should be 3x the size.

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                                                                                            djca Feb 28, 2014 05:47 PM

                                                                                            Thanks for the heads-up. I went there tonight and tried their spicy chicken with mashed potato and fried plantain as sides. Chicken was nice and juicy. It wasn't too spicy. I'll definitely return. Now I don't have to trek all the way to Port Chester every time I want good rotisserie chicken.

                                                                                            The place is called Braza Roja (www.brazaroja.com).

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                                                                                              foodiemom10583 Mar 12, 2014 01:01 PM

                                                                                              For the past two days (Tuesday and Wednesday), Braza Roja appears to be closed. We've called and stopped by in person. There is a sign on the door that says they are closed on Monday, but that's it. Does anyone know what's up?

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                                                                                                scarsdalesurprise Mar 12, 2014 01:09 PM

                                                                                                I noticed this today. It's easy come, easy go on that stretch of Central. That place went extremely fast. My question is how do realtors get ANYONE to rent a storefront around there?

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                                                                                                  foodiemom10583 Mar 12, 2014 01:13 PM

                                                                                                  I hope it's a temporary hiccup. Their phone is still on and their answering machine picks up.

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                                                                                                    scarsdalesurprise Mar 12, 2014 01:28 PM

                                                                                                    You never know but I feel like I've seen this kind of thing way too many times.

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                                                                                                      foodiemom10583 Mar 12, 2014 01:30 PM

                                                                                                      Me, too. I want to be optimistic this time. How long had it been open? Three weeks?

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                                                                                                  foodiemom10583 Mar 13, 2014 07:16 AM

                                                                                                  Braza Roja's phone number doesn't connect now. Damn.

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                                                                                                    scarsdalesurprise Mar 13, 2014 07:20 AM

                                                                                                    When I drove by this morning, it looked like the windows were papered over. How does a person start and end a business so quickly? Something must have happened - lost funding or the like.

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                                                                                                      foodiemom10583 Mar 13, 2014 07:28 AM

                                                                                                      Such a shame. The issues must have been insurmountable for it to turn over so quickly.

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                                                                                                      djca Apr 13, 2014 03:33 PM

                                                                                                      I drove by today and they seem to be back in business, Saw a "Now Open" sign and some activity out front.

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                                                                                                        foodiemom10583 Apr 13, 2014 04:27 PM

                                                                                                        Really? That's great news! Can't wait to try it. Thanks for the update!

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                                                                                                  djca Apr 13, 2014 05:26 PM

                                                                                                  El Poblano Mexican Restaurant to open on Central Avenue at the former Tuscany Cafe spot.

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