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Tasty restaurant gossip

I scream, you scream: “31 Cent Scoop Night,” a benefit for the “National Fallen Firefighters Foundation,” returns to Brooklyn’s Baskin-Robbins locations on Wednesday, April 30. (At right) Vegan bakers Sticky Fingers will be opening a wholesale outpost in the borough.

It’s time to break open that piggy bank: on Wednesday, April 30, Baskin-Robbins — which has 50-plus locations in Brooklyn — will be hosting its second annual “31 Cent Scoop Night.”

The event, which lasts from 5 pm to 10 pm, hopes to raise awareness of the “National Fallen Firefighters Foundation,” and Baskin-Robbins stores — including the one at 352 Graham Ave. [at Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, (718) 384-7640] — are inviting local firefighters to their shops to raise money to augment its $100,000 donation.

Baskin-Robbins will be offering 31-cent scoops of its usual hits as well as new flavor, York Peppermint Pattie. Sounds like a cool event all around.

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Last week, DUMBO welcomed a new juice bar to the ’hood.

Located in the back of Forager’s Market on Front Street, juice fiends can choose from 10 menu items, including a “Fresh Ginger Ale”; “Green Hopper,” with parsley, green apple, kale and spinach; and “Tummy Calmer,” with ginger, mint, fennel and apple. Drinks range from $5 to $7, and for $6.50, you can pick your own ingredients for a personalized concoction.

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Greenpoint might be known throughout the borough as Little Poland, but nobody told the owners of Little Korea, a barbecue restaurant that opened on Manhattan Avenue last week. Offering Korean BBQ classics like short ribs and mixed seafood, the tableside cooking is a first for the neighborhood. And if the grill doesn’t do anything for you, other Korean dishes, like duck legs in a soy-ginger glaze and stir-fried pork with kimchi (spicy pickled cabbage), are also available.

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Five Guys, the Virginia-based burger chain that opened a branch in Brooklyn Heights last summer, is opening another burger boite — this time a 2,000-square foot location at 284 Seventh Ave. in Park Slope.

“The store is under construction and should open near the end of June,” Molly Catalano, a spokesperson for the chain, told GO Brooklyn. “We have another location in 8510 Fifth Avenue [in Bay Ridge], and that should open in early August.”

Three more outposts are slated to open in the coming months in the borough, giving us a total of six Five Guys.

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Burgers aren’t the only items making their way up from the South. Sticky Fingers, an award-winning vegan bakery in Washington, D.C., will soon open a wholesale outpost in Brooklyn.

“We’re limiting our offerings in the beginning, and may very well expand what we’re doing as time goes on,” said owner Kirsten Rosenberg. “But at this point, it’s entirely wholesale.”

If all goes according to plan, restaurants and coffee shops across the borough will start stocking Sticky Fingers’ famous cinnamon sticky buns, muffins, biscotti and “Calvin” cookies, oatmeal cookie bars with a creamy, but still vegan, filling.

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Jessie’s Brooklyn Kitchen, the Smith Street eatery that opened in July 2007, is already looking for a new home. On May 11, the restaurant — which boasts a menu that changes daily — will bid adieu to its swank Carroll Gardens location, citing — what else? — rent hikes as the culprit.

“We don’t have a particular area we need to be in, we need a space that’s inexpensive,” a manager said. “As long as it’s in a high-traffic area, even if it’s not exactly where we are now, that’s not an issue.”

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It may seem like an unlikely place for the American Cancer Society to host its second annual “Eat, Drink & Be Hopeful” event, but the Tobacco Warehouse in DUMBO will be the hot spot for the borough’s foodies on May 20 when the benefit — proudly sponsored by The Brooklyn Paper — takes place. Featuring a food and wine tasting, a raffle and a VIP reception hosted by Daisy Martinez from the PBS series “Daisy Cooks!” and Darrin Siegfriend of Park Slope’s Red, White & Bubbly, tickets are sure to go fast. For tickets and more info, call (718) 986-9770 or visit the Web site community.acsevents.org/eatdrinkandbehopefulNY.

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Last week, FreshDirect, the upscale home-delivery grocery service, expanded its coverage to include Bedford-Stuyvesant, Red Hook and Crown Heights.

The grocer is currently promoting a collaboration with contemporary Indian restaurant Tabla, selling microwavable versions of dishes like tamarind-glazed salmon ($11.99), which GO Brooklyn has sampled and deemed especially tasty.

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