The restaurant Fabbrica opened on the Williamsburg waterfront at 40 North 6th Street. Currently they serve espresso, pastries and sandwiches but they plan to expand service to a full-service Italian restaurant, bar and gelateria. Turns out the Roberta’s tiki hut (their backyard is pictured above) is an illegal fixture at the popluar pizza joint. They are trying to legalize the space through Community Board One. And the chocolate company Fine and Raw plans to open a 2,500-square-foot factory at 49 Bogart Street in Bushwick later this month. Apparently a “chocolate jungle” with two cocoa trees is planned for the space, to give visitors an idea of how the chocolate is made. Photo by jmoranmoya.
Here’s Park Slope reports big news that Union Market is expanding to the corner of Seventh Avenue and Third Street. It’s the third location for the Park Slope neighborhood. A pizza joint called Brooklyn Central is opening next Wednesday on Fifth Avenue between First and Second streets. A fancy toy shop has opened on 7th Avenue and a handmade t-shirt shop has opened on the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Dean Street.
In Dumbo, Rice has officially closed. The closing was reported last spring. Abigail Wine Bar has shuttered on Classon Avenue in Crown Heights. Plans for a “burlesque cabaret club” were postponed in Red Hook after a lot of neighborhood resistance. Seedlings Academic Playschool is now open for the school year in a brownstone on Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights. The restaurant on the corner of Henry Street and Baltic Street in Cobble Hill (supposed to be a Mexican restaurant) is going to open soon as an Argentinian steak house. And around the Barclays Center: a mac-and-cheese shop, a BBQ joint, restaurant chains, and possibly a Shake Shack, reports the New York Post.