Upscale steakhouse chain Capital Grille is adding a location in the MetLife building in Midtown, the New York Post reports. The future restaurant appears to be gigantic — it spans 15,000 square feet, including outdoor space, according to the To post — and signals another step in the restaurant revitalization underway at Grand Central Terminal, which adjoins the MetLife Tower. The steakhouse is set to open in mid-2023 in the former home of Italian restaurant Naples 45, which was popular with the after-work crowd. Bagel chain Black Seed Bagels and Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee are also slated to open in the building’s lobby later this year, while women-owned NYC Talea Brewery operates an outdoor pop-up on the corner of East 45th Street and Vanderbilt Avenue, according to a spokesperson.
National Labor Relations Board takes on Starbucks
Workers voted against a union election at one of Buffalo’s Starbucks stores earlier this year, but the NLRB alleges the election was not held fairly because the coffee chain ‘bullied and retaliated against workers seeking to unionize,” according to the New York Times. The NLRB is now seeking to have Starbucks recognize the union at that store.
Other brands dunk on Grubhub over its free lunch disaster
The “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” jokes really got written after the Grubhub promotional lunch debacle last week. For its part, the food delivery app claims the promotion “brought incredible business for restaurants,” according to a spokesperson, and diners with canceled orders were credited $15 to their accounts, while that restaurants were not charged for canceled orders due to lack of drivers.
East Village Nordic favorite Smør adds a bakery
Sourdough and rye bread, pastries, coffee and a general store stocked with pickled herring and smoked salmon are all on deck at Smør’s new bakery, reports EV Grieve. The boutique opens this summer on the same block as the three-year-old restaurant, located at 441 East 12th Street near Avenue A.