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Nutella Bar Opening in NYC Monday

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Last Fall Eataly Chicago debuted a Nutella Bar that made the country drool with envy. Coming Monday May 12, Eataly New York will be following suit with the grand opening of their own bar fully stocked with that chocolate hazelnut gold.

The move comes after Eataly Vino violated manufacturing laws and was prohibited from selling booze until October. The Nutella Bar has taken the wine shop’s place in the mean time, however there’s no word if the Nutella Bar is a temporary installation until the shop can start selling alcohol again.

The new Nutella Bar will feature a full menu of Nutella-licious items including a buttery croissant filled with Nutella, Nutella mini tarts, and of course crepes filled with, you guessed it, Nutella. The sweets will run you between $3-$6 but can you really put a price on that Nutella goodness?

In honor of its grand opening the Nutella Bar will be offering free pieces of bread smothered with Nutella from 5PM-9PM. The Nutella Bar will be open daily at 10AM.

H/T + PicThx Gothamist

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Starbucks Reaches Teavana With New Tea Bar

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Starbucks hopes to do for tea what it’s done for coffee with the debut of its first teahouse, Teavana Fine Teas + Tea Bar.

Located in the Upper East Village, the chain’s first step outside the coffee world is described by CEO Howard Schultz as being the complete opposite of the Starbucks cafes we know and love. “The difference between a Starbucks coffee shop and a Teavana teahouse “is like night and day, it’s much more zen-like than anything you’ll find in a Starbucks store.”

Other differences between the two shops include the fact that you can order a shaken iced tea at your favorite Starbucks but don’t expect to find a grande caramel macchiato at Teavana, the tea bar doesn’t sell any coffee.

The Tea Bar couldn’t look or feel more different than it’s coffee pushing counterpart. Adorned with warm colors, mood lighting and a wall of loose leaf teas, Teavana aims to appeal to customer’s comfort, inviting them to sit and savor their order.

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With a wide array of gourmet menu items Teavana’s prices are a bit steeper than what Starbucks customers are used to. Featuring dishes such as Lemongrass Ginger Chicken Rice Balls and Roasted Butternut Squash Strata prices can be upwards of $14.95 for their most expensive salad to $3.95 for standard baked goods such as scones. Tea lattes start at about $5.95 which is about $1 more than your favorite venti Starbucks drink.

Starbucks hopes to break into the tea industry with its new Teavana Bars with plans to open at least 1,000 more tea bars in the next 5-10 years. These specialty tea bars shouldn’t compete with existing Starbucks stores as most tea drinkers strictly stick to their loose leaf beverage of choice.

Seattle is said to be the future home of Teavana Fine Teas + Tea Bar’s second nationwide location.

H/T + PicThx USA Today

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Crumbs Bakeshop Opens Gluten-Free Specialty Shop

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Crumbs Bake Shop, the nation’s largest specialty cupcake shop, is jumping on the gluten-free band wagon in a big way. Going beyond simply adding a few gluten-free flavors to appease customers with the dietary restriction, the bakery is opening an entire location specializing in the gluten-free treats.

This new shop will be called Crumbs Gluten Free and will feature all the same cupcakes, cookies and pastries the bakery is known for as well as new items such as quiches, pies, breads and more, all 100% gluten-free. 

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Returning to their humble NYC beginnings, this specialty shop is set to open Thursday, October 3rd in Greenwich Village located on 37 E. 8th St., between University and Broadway.

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Ghirardelli Soda Fountain Opened in Disney’s California Adventure Theme Park

Chocolate fans, prepare to lose your minds! Disney fans, prepare to lose your minds! Disney has openend a Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop in its Disney California Adventure theme park.

With a Ghirardelli shop already in its Florida location, Disney took its chocolatey, ice creamy goodness to the west coast location.

Ghirardelli is based in San Francisco, so strategically, the soda shop was placed in Disney California Adventure’s San Francisco-inspired Pacific Wharf area.

Disneyland Resort president George A. Kalogridis, Disney California Adventure park vice president Mary Niven, CEO of Lindt & Sprüngli (Ghirardelli’s Swiss Daddy) Ernst Tanner, and of course Mickey and Minnie were all at the June 7 grand opening.

For those planning to visit the soda fountain, you’ll be glad to hear that, as in every Ghirardelli shop, complimentary samples of its chocolate are given to guests at the door.

To give a taste of what the menu would look like, the Ghirardelli Facebook page reads that, “Guests can enjoy signature World Famous Hot Fudge Sundaes, shakes, and floats, plus a delicious assortment of chocolates and beautifully wrapped gifts.”

It sounds like the Disney Soda Fountain located within the Los Angeles El Capitan movie Theater, but bigger, better and with more chocolate.

Ghirardelli was founded in California in 1852 by Domingo Ghirardelli and has shops and soda fountains across the U.S.

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[Thx DisneyGhirardelli]