Al Di La is Expanding to ProCro


Last night Community Board 8 approved a full liquor licence for a very exciting addition to Washington Avenue: popular Park Slope Italian restaurant Al Di La is expanding to 791 Washington Ave, currently Teddy’s Restaurant. The owners close on the space at the end of the month and hope to open by December. Here are the details: there will be 36 seats inside and 38 out, fairly consistant with the setup Teddy’s has now. Hours will be 11am to 11pm. During the day there will be counter service with simple soups and salads. For evenings expect wait service dishing out “simple, affordable” pasta and salads. No other specifics beyond that, but the owner of Al Di La promised the same fresh ingredients used at the Park Slope location. The spot won’t go by the same name as the original, but a new name hasn’t been decided on yet. This sounds like a serious game changer for Washington Avenue. Pumped? GMAP

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  • This is of course good news. Not a “game changer” Steve Jobs since Washington has been changing its game for a while now.

  • This is of course good news. Not a “game changer” Steve Jobs since Washington has been changing its game for a while now.

  • This is exciting news, but no more Teddy’s? That makes me kinda sad. I loved Teddy’s. Anyone know what happened to Teddy’s? I hope it’s because the owner(s) were ready to retire, and not because business was off.

  • Hopefully this one won’t be as overrated as the Park Slope one.

    BTW, which entree(s) on 5th Ave rock(s)?

    ***Bid half off peak comps***

  • It’s refreshing to see you refer to this as Crown Heights when, these days, people–brokers in particular–are referring to anything in that vicinity as Prospect Heights, as far out as Rochester Ave and beyond.

  • It’s refreshing to see you refer to this as Crown Heights when, these days, people–brokers in particular–are referring to anything in that vicinity as Prospect Heights, as far out as Rochester Ave and beyond.

  • absolutely a game changer. the most popular restaurant in park slope moving to washington ave? not even vanderbilt! very big news.

    • Bzzt, its not Park Slopes most popular restaurants. Not sure how you’re even judging that. If by Yelp reviews, its still #5. And while good, its for sure over rated. Again, the game has been changing, they’re just joining it.

  • absolutely a game changer. the most popular restaurant in park slope moving to washington ave? not even vanderbilt! very big news.

  • What’s happening to Teddy’s? Where will I get my chicken souvlaki sandwich now?

  • Seem like it’s going to be Al di La Lite. Still its proximity to the Brooklyn Museum and BBG should make it a great choice for visitors to those institutions looking for lunch.

  • Washington Av is Prospect Heights, not Crown Heights.

  • Al Di Blah.

    The Park Slope place is fine, but nowhere near as wonderful as the hype would have you believe.

  • When I was growing up here, the Crown Heights/Prospect Heights border was Franklin Av., and that’s what I and most of the Brooklynites I know continue to go by.

  • “This sounds like a serious game changer for Washington Avenue. Pumped?”

    It’s just a restaurant. They won’t be giving away money in there. And the news is certainly not worth an exclamation point in the headline. You guys are pretty easily impressed.

  • Yes. Dining comes to Washington Ave. ….a new Chinese Japanese place is already ready to open in the former Island Taste location.

  • I vote for “game changer”. Too bad it isn’t BYOB & then maybe we could replace Love Liquors & their ripple and Alize inventory with decent vino.

  • I want to open a biz on Wash.–what does Wash. need?

    • it could use a bistro that is family friendly, sort of what abaigals could be, but has failed at.

      it could also really use an upscale grocery, union market on a smaller scale. that would draw not only from eastern parkway/washington corridor, but from vandy/underhill as well. nothing like that around now.
      the bldg on corner of classon and easternparkway has several store fronts for rent, check those

    • a little market like Court Street Grocers — which was planning for at least a year to open on Underhill at Prospect, but got screwed with the lease and permits and ended up moving to the far end of Carroll Gardens, where they are doing outrageously well… that is to say, yes, something like Union Market, but better, more local, more well-curated. great, select food stuffs you can’t get at the met, great coffee and sandwiches (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), and a rotating take-out menu of dinner stuffs.

      that, and/or a place where you can buy a bucket of fried chicken. why does no one do the bucket of chicken (with real chicken, not the KFC stuff)?? for real…

    • A decent small grocery that is clean and tidy, that sells fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers, lottery tickets etc, but that does not reek of tobacco smoke and have hookers hanging around in it. Think Bob and Betty’s or Nam’s Green Market on Franklin. The bodegas currently on Washington are gross.

      There are several unoccupied spaces, such as the corner of Washington (opposite corner to Tom’s) and Sterling, that the owners would presumably be amenable to renting.

    • Washington Avenue needs a shoe store, a kids clothing/toy store (desperately), a book store, a meat market, a green grocer, a men’s clothing store, although Park Delicatessan is starting to sell men’s clothing. An art store because it is so hard to find art supplies in Brooklyn! Oh yes, a photo lab/frame store too!

  • ah, Teddy was my man. sorry to see him and the staff go. didn’t know he was leaving, but he did tell me before that he was really hurt by initially not being able to get a liquor license (due to daycare next door). Food was never great, but he was a good host if he knew you and the garden was a great low key scene for kids

    • I also think that Teddy may have signed a bad deal on the lease. I remember reading an ad for the sale of the business as a going concern and the rent was $5,000 per month (I think). That is a lot of rent to make out of that business, in addition to paying cooks, wait staff and the cash register person (who was also the landlord). Al Di La may have bought the building or come to a better arrangement with the landlord. I also think that Teddy struggled with the menu and decor, he didn’t quite have enough capital to do a really nice job on the decor, and the menu hasn’t changed in the three years I’ve been going there.

  • Yes, I think the east side of Washington Ave. is Crown Heights, the west Prospect Heights. This space has been for sale for a while.

    Not sure that there are too many good spaces left on Vanderbilt. I’ve heard that the remaining vacant storefronts are vacant for a reason (require too much work; ridiculous landlord, etc.)

    I think the new gentrification frontier is Classon Avenue.

    Still, no Teddy’s=sad.

  • I don’t care what you guys say. It’s Prospect Heights.

  • Emily, please knock it off with the ProCro. Are you moonlighting for brokers or something? There’s no such place, everyone on this board hates, and you seem to be the only one who thinks it’s funny or clever or whatever is it that compels you to use it.

  • oh, god… didn’t this post originally, correctly, refer to it as Crown Heights? This ProCro business is annoying. Really… If you don’t want to just stick to Crown Heights, just say on the border of Crown Heights and Prospect Heights. It’s like you just want to be able to say you’re the one who made ProCro up…

  • You may get your wish about Love’s Liquors going away. McDonalds has offered to buy out their lease.

  • You may get your wish about Love’s Liquors going away. McDonalds has offered to buy out their lease.

  • Im happy to say I brokered the deal.

  • I’m out of the loop, even tho’ we live a block away (on Washington & EP). I noticed Teddy’s was closed yesterday, on Halloween, which seemed strange. Then today, my wife ran into Teddy himself as he was moving stuff out. He said five years was enough, and that he sold the place and is retiring.This was totally new information to us that the Al Di La folks were taking over.

    We love Al Di La, though it’s too pricey for us to eat there on a regular basis. Still, this is sad news for me and my family. We’ve been customers of Teddy’s since they opened in 2007. As others have mentioned, their food wasn’t anything special (other than the lemon potatoes – yum), and a bit over-priced, but the wait staff was really good with kids (we have a four-year-old), and we always enjoyed sitting out back in the patio when the weather was nice. They never did seem to have a lot of customers, though their take-out business, especially in the evenings, was always humming — and was especially popular with the local cops.

    Despite the promise of Al Di La, it’s sad to lose one of the few “comfort food” locations on Washington Ave — a coffee shop/diner that stays open for dinner (unlike Tom’s) is a necessity!