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Sprawling food complex to open where flagship Barnes and Noble once stood

By Jonathan Millstein

Having sat vacant for over a year, the sprawling 25,000 sq ft space at 105 5th Ave that once housed Barnes and Noble’s flagship store will find new life as Union Fare, an immense food complex. The scope of the project is in fact so large that it will be rolled out in four phases. The first phase is scheduled to open May 13 and will include a café and wine bar.

Following phase one will be a bakery on May 19, a restaurant on June 1 and finally a marketplace later in June. Executive Pastry Chef Thiago Silva and Executive Chef Yvan Lemoine are both involved in the project. While Silva will, naturally, be in charge of rolling out sweet and savory treats at the bakery, Lemoine will aid in the phase three restaurant. The restaurant will be able to seat 185 for dinner service and reflect an American contemporary menu.

Additionally, a selection of meats and cheeses, oysters, craft beers and cocktails will help round out Union Fare’s food and drink options.


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