Veselka, the East Village veteran that for seven decades has served up generous portions of rib-sticking, soul-satisfying Ukrainian food (think hot borscht and blintzes), has announced that it is expanding into Brooklyn.
The restaurant has been feeling its oats since last year at this time when the wait for a table could be interminable as New Yorkers lined up to express their solidarity with the people of Ukraine.
Justin Birchard, Veselka’s director of development, told the New York Post, “We needed a space that could be a hybrid kitchen and restaurant to deal with the pent-up demand of the last 12 months.”…
Birchard is in talks to open a 5,000 square-foot location in Williamsburg by the end of the year with a bigger commissary kitchen, he said. The current East Village location is 4,500 square feet, with 70 seats inside and around 50 seats outside, whether [sic] permitting.
Plans are also afoot to open a kiosk at Grand Central Terminal later this year.
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