Bar and Cafe Planned for 488 Lafayette Avenue

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Jiajein Highsmith, an actor and the owner of WTF Coffee and Dick and Jane’s Bar, both in Fort Greene, is looking to open a hybrid café/bar at 488 Lafayette Avenue in Bed Stuy. For the moment, at least, the establishment is going by the name Lifting Spirits NYC.

At a meeting last week, Community Board 3 voted against a letter of support for a liquor license, partly over concerns about his stated plan to operate as a cafe by day and a bar by night. The new business would replace a check cashing service. What would you like to see in this spot? GMAP

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