Neighborhood News: The Latham House Opens Thursday, Eater Visits Golconda Chimney in JSQ

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**Reminder: The Latham House will open its doors to diners this Thursday. The bar opens at 4pm and dinner/seating begins at 6pm. —Latham House

**On a sadder note, Jersey Digs reports that Tendershoot Farms (138 Newark Avenue) is closing its doors permanently. Although the exact reason for its closing is unknown, it appears that the landlord wants $15,000 a month to renew Tendershoot’s lease and the owners would rather retire. I moved to downtown in the late 80s and Tendershoot Farms was already serving residents at the time. It will be sad to see them go. —Jersey Digs

**Freshy Freeze — the new Thai ice cream shop next to Würstbar — opened its doors this past weekend. It appears to be a soft opening as there are no prices yet. —Jersey City Eats

**City officials have painted over one of the square’s in Mr. Abillity’s (Gary Wynans) Pedestrian Plaza Monopoly board. Although Wynans said it was a self portrait of himself behind bars, Assemblywoman Angela McKnight argued that the image reinforced negative stereotypes of people of color. More concerning are the ads that CivicJC has recently outed. —NJ.com

**Eater recently gave Journal Square’s Golconda Chimney — which specializes in Hyderabadi fare — a solid review saying, “there’s no better introduction to South Indian regional cuisines, in the five boroughs or Jersey City than Golconda Chimney.” They go on  to say that it “offers a more sophisticated take on the cuisines of Hyderabad and South India than the other restaurants in Jersey City.” —Eater

**The Bayonne Bridge, the George Washington Bridge, Goethals, Outerbridge, and the Lincoln and Holland tunnels are going cashless. The Port Authority agreed to replace the old toll booths at these crossings with cashless tolls that send drivers notices to pay by mail or online. (This would affect non E-Z Pass drivers only). The new system will roll out with the Bayonne Bridge in 2017. —NJTVNews

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