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Celeb chef Marcus Samuelsson opens new restaurant in Newark

November 17, 2017

In this Nov. 15, 2017 photo celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, right, talks to staff at his new restaurant, Marcus B&P, in Newark, N.J. The restaurant opened Friday, Nov. 17 in Newark’s downtown Hahne building and is seen as part of a larger comeback effort for the city. B&P stands for “bar and provisions.” Samuelsson owns two popular restaurants in Harlem, Red Rooster and Streetbird Rotisserie. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Chef Marcus Samuelsson launched a new restaurant in downtown Newark, New Jersey, on Friday, called Marcus B&P.

B&P stands for “bar and provisions” but also draws on the Swedish concept of “back pocket,” suggesting an informal, friendly spot.

The eclectic menu reflects African-American culture as well as Newark’s Portuguese Ironbound neighborhood and Samuelsson’s ethnic background — born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden. Menu items include corn bread, fried chicken, pizza, charred octopus and dorowat rigatoni. B&P also features locally made honey.

Samuelsson also owns two popular restaurants in Harlem, Red Rooster and Streetbird Rotisserie.

Marcus B&P is located in the Hahne (HAY’n) building, which reopened recently after being shuttered for decades. The building’s renovation and the launch of Marcus B&P are part of a larger comeback effort for Newark.

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