Open and Shut

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Red Hook
Gothamist runs a serious slideshow of Red Hook newcomer Brooklyn Crab. Looks amazing, but the Yelp reviews aren’t promising. Who’s been? Besides the mini-golf, bocce, and cornhole, there is an extensive bar and seafood menu. Photo by Sam Horine via Gothamist.

Park Slope
FIPS takes a peek inside Owl Farm, a beer bar planned for the old Harry Boland’s space. The former Landmark Pub (the much storied bar once open in the rundown townhouse at 7th Avenue and Second Street) may reopen, says the Brooklyn Paper. The owners have put the space up for rent, but this isn’t the first time doing so. HPS reports good news that the Leaf and Bean will reopon close to its old location on 7th Avenue. The Park Florist will shutter at the end of the month after 40 years in biz. Events at Stone Park, the event space off the popular restaurant, opened, and Brooklyn Crepe and Juice is opening soon on Fifth Avenue between Lincoln and Berkeley.

Elsewhere
Sahadis has big expansion plans that should come together this September. The Brooklyn Heights staple will have a broader cheese and deli selection and more varieties of tea and coffee. Crossfit Dumbo had its grand opening party last weekend in, where else, Dumbo. Williamsburg favorite Isa closed down for a few days to much speculation. A cozy Russian cafe called Mazelle is in the works in Bushwick. An outpost of the popular Bensonhurst grocery D. Coluccio and Sons is opening in Bay Ridge. A.L. Coluccio, an Italian grocery store and salumeria, will open on 8613 Third Avenue in Bay Ridge. The owner’s family owns D. Coluccio and Sons in Bensonhurst. There will be a small cafe at the front of the new store. And Irwin’s Dry Cleaners shuttered on Cortelyou Road in Ditmas Park.

14 Comment

  • srsqualms

    I suggest grabbing some popcorn before sitting down to enjoy all of the Yelp reviews for Brooklyn Crab. Man, they got slammed! I can’t wait to go check out that tasty train wreck.

  • Bummer about Isa owner clearing out kitchen and changing concept. Definitely one of the more unique, special restaurants I’ve been to. If it is turned into a Brooklyn version of Freemans/Peels (the owners popular Manhattan establishments) I will not be returning. No shortage of places in the hood to get $20 burgers and $12 cocktails.

  • Bummer about Isa owner clearing out kitchen and changing concept. Definitely one of the more unique, special restaurants I’ve been to. If it is turned into a Brooklyn version of Freemans/Peels (the owners popular Manhattan establishments) I will not be returning. No shortage of places in the hood to get $20 burgers and $12 cocktails.

  • Much of Brooklyn crab ire on yelp is from disgruntled RH locals. So typical.

  • no-permits

    stopped by brooklyn crab this past weekend for lunch. we had to go elsewhere because the kitchen opened at 4. definitely looks like a cool spot to grab a drink, but can’t vouch for the food yet.

  • no-permits

    stopped by brooklyn crab this past weekend for lunch. we had to go elsewhere because the kitchen opened at 4. definitely looks like a cool spot to grab a drink, but can’t vouch for the food yet.

  • slopefarm

    The Landmark Pub? Really? Is it even physically possible to be both smart enough to run a successful business and stupid enough to rent from the people who own that building?

  • 6 of us went to Brooklyn Crab this past Monday to drink, eat and to generally scope the place out. It was pretty dead and we still had a hard time getting served. And the food came out very haphazardly… these things I will chalk up to being open only a week… however overall I have to say the reviews are pretty accurate. Plus I was very underwhelmed by the menu (and prices) in general.

    On the plus side, great ambiance/music (for my taste) and pretty stellar views. Good potential for a lazy Sunday activity.

  • hairyone

    The Landmark Pub is about as likely to reopen as Gage & Tollner’s or Lundy’s. The Brooklyn Paper’s article was staggeringly ignorant of the situation. That building is literally falling apart.

    • It’s time for a Brownstoner investigation of what’s really happening here. Or some investigation. The building’s in dangerous condition and should be demolished ASAP. And the Nash family should go to prison for not paying almost $750,000 in back taxes and Buildings Dept. fines and penalties. It’s a huge scam that’s gone on for about 20 years.

    • It’s time for a Brownstoner investigation of what’s really happening here. Or some investigation. The building’s in dangerous condition and should be demolished ASAP. And the family should go to prison for not paying almost $750,000 in back taxes and Buildings Dept. fines and penalties. It’s a huge scam that’s gone on for about 20 years.

  • no-permits

    the city should issue a full vacate order for 187 7th av. the nashes shouldn’t be allowed to collect a dime off that place with the condition it’s in.