The Good Batch opened this morning in a recently revamped commercial space at 936 Fulton Street in Clinton Hill. On the menu are all kinds of cookies, muffins, cake, ice cream sandwiches and savory scones. There is also coffee, tea, ice tea, lemonade and Arnold Palmers.

The Good Batch started out selling ice cream sandwiches made with their own not-too-sweet cookies and stroopwafels at the Brooklyn Flea. This is their first store. Anyone checked it out yet? GMAP (more…)


In an unusual turn of events, Junior’s Cheesecake owner Alan Rosen has decided not to sell the building that houses the iconic Brooklyn restaurant after all. “This is Junior’s identity, is this building,” he told The New York Times. “This is the one where I came on my first dates. Not the one down the street, not the one below 20 stories of condos. This one.”

He turned down an offer of $45,000,000 from a developer that would not have included a space for Junior’s. He also turned down offers of about half that size that would have given Junior’s a permanent home on the ground floor of any new development. (more…)

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Residents of western Crown Heights were sad to see Nimba shutter last spring at 619 St. Johns Place just off Franklin Avenue, but it looks like a new business, Forte Cafe, will move into the space. We spotted this sign in the window over the weekend, but we haven’t been able to find out anything else about it. It just says “Coming soon, Forte Cafe.”

The storefront went up for rent in June, about two months after plumbing issues and a dispute with the landlord forced Nimba to close, according to Brooklynian. If you know anything about the cafe, hit up the tipline! Click through for a closeup shot of the sign. GMAP



A cafe serving breakfast and lunch opened a few weeks ago at 544 Union Avenue in one of the new luxury rental buildings not far from McCarren Park. Menu items at Re.Union include a kale and red quinoa salad, a sandwich with house-cured salmon, grill cheese, donuts, steel cut oatmeal, coffee, salad nicoise, and rosewater flan.

Click through to see a shot of the interior. Anyone checked it out yet? GMAP



A reader stent us this photo of signs for Paris Baguette going into the empty retail space at the busy corner of Court and Schermerhorn in Downtown Brooklyn.

We presume this means a Paris Baguette will actually be moving into 51 Schermerhorn Street soon, and that this is not merely advertising for the chain. The Korean franchise has dozens of shops around the world and sells sandwiches, bread and pastries.

Our tipster seemed displeased “another chain” was moving into the area. Do you think this will be a plus for the downtown lunchtime crowds or would you prefer to see something else here? GMAP


Eugene & Co., a farm-to-table restaurant serving New American fare, plans to open later this fall at 397 Tompkins Avenue in Bed Stuy in the old CasaBAN spot. The bar and restaurant will seat 44 and serve continental breakfast on weekdays, brunch on the weekends, lunch and dinner.

There will be cheese and charcuterie from Murray’s Cheese and salmon rillettes for lunch, among a changing menu of dishes created by the chef, who previously worked at Le Bernardin and Mary’s Fish Camp. The owner, Tara Oxley, is design director for BR Guest Hospitality, which owns Dos Caminos and Ruby Foo’s, and has lived in the neighborhood for almost five years, she told us. The restaurant is named after her grandfather.

We’re excited to see the new space and taste the food. GMAP

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Three brothers from Bay Ridge who’ve been roasting and selling their coffee wholesale in Red Hook are bringing their brew direct to the public with a cafe, Brewklyn Grind, opening this week at 557 Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill.

Alain, James and Craig Farelly began roasting coffee in Alain’s Brooklyn apartment in 2003, and within a few years, they moved their operation to a former furniture factory on Coffey Street in Red Hook. After Hurricane Sandy obliterated most of their equipment, they’ve spent the last two years rebuilding and branching out into small grocery stores throughout the city.

The new shop will offer baked goods from Balthazar and Ovenly, and serve single-origin coffees, a blend and a rotating list of seasonal varieties. Andy Schulz, who owned the now closed De Luxe coffee shop in Park Slope, is managing the shop. The space used to be a wholesale produce and meat market, and still sports its tin ceilings and walls. A soft opening takes place this Friday, starting at 8 am. The store plans to be open from 8 am to 8 pm seven days a week.

Click through for interior shots. GMAP

Update: They’re pushing their opening to Monday.


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Popular upscale chocolatier NuNu Chocolates is opening a cafe and shop at 179 Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, Here’s Park Slope reports. A cannoli shop called A’Putia was the storefront’s most recent occupant, and before that, Caramello occupied the spot between Lincoln and Berkeley Place. Nunu Chocolate co-owner Andy Laird told the blog that the shop will offer various chocolates and caramels, a cafe and 10 different beers on tap. Nunu also has a factory and flagship store at 529 Atlantic Avenue between 3rd and 4th Avenues. GMAP

Nunu Chocolates Coming to Caramello Space at 179 5th Avenue [Here's Park Slope]

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The Chocolate Room’s Park Slope cafe will re-open in a new location at 51 Fifth Avenue this month, according to the the company’s website. Owners Jon Payson and Naomi Josepher opened their first dessert cafe in 2005, down the block at 81 Fifth Avenue. Eventually, they expanded to a much larger second location at 296 Court Street in Cobble Hill. Their longtime landlord wanted to increase their rent by nearly six times, forcing them to look for new space in January, according to the Daily News. GMAP

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Flatbush Farm owner Damon Gorton is turning the old Sister’s Hardware spot at 900 Fulton Street in Clinton Hill into a bar and restaurant called “Sister’s.” We’re not sure when it’s going to open, but we like the new look. The design duo hOmE, who also crafted the look of beer bar Torst in Greenpoint, is designing the interior and exterior of the bar. We’ve reached out for more info on Sister’s, and we’ll update this post if we hear anything. GMAP

Flatbush Farm Owner Opening Restaurant in Sister’s Hardware Spot [Brownstoner]