Changes on Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains

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I recently found out about a few changes are coming to the pubs along Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains. I’ve put in a few calls and am waiting to hear back, but here’s what I know so far:

Black Bear is taking over the former James Joyce space next door. Whether it will be an expansion or a new concept, I don’t yet know.

Porter House is taking over empty space next door. Porter House manager Attracta Smith says it will be a completely different restaurant, but she doesn’t know exactly what that will be yet.

Brazen Fox has opened Ron Black’s next door and food will start in a month or so. Last time we reported on the opening (in the fall restaurant preview), owner Declan Rainsford said Ron Black’s would be a modern bar and restaurant: not fine dining, but not an Irish pub serving bar food, either.  “A happy medium,” he said. That means food such as wraps and fish tacos served in a sophisticated, turn-of-the-last-century, saloon-style setting. There will be brown leather banquettes, big reclaimed doors and a large window overlooking a back patio with a pergola. A gas fireplace and antique sconces will complete the look. 181 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. 914-358-5811.

Butterfield 8 from NYC is coming to White Plains. I don’t know the location yet.

I’m working on a story for the paper, so any other tips are greatly appreciated!

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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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