When we passed by the old Casablanca Cocktail Lounge at 300 Malcolm X Boulevard in Bed Stuy recently, construction on the interior was under way. As you can see in the photo, the cornice above the commercial space has been restored, and the old windows have been replaced with interesting new ones with hand soldered steel dividers in a geometric pattern. (more…)
The hotly anticipated Crabby Shack is hosting its grand opening tonight at 613 Franklin Avenue near Dean Street in Crown Heights. Expect a full roster of crab items that includes crab tacos, crab rolls, crab cake sliders, crab dumplings and crab mac and cheese, as well as steamed Alaskan snow crab or blue crab. (more…)
When we stopped by the old Liquid Oz space at 302 Malcolm X Boulevard in Bed Stuy recently, the building was still for sale (or at least the sign was still up) but workers were busy building out the retail space for a new business. (more…)
A French bistro is planned for the corner of Malcolm X Boulevard and Hancock in Bed Stuy. We hear it will be called The Antagonist. When we stopped by 238 Malcolm X earlier today, workers said it would open in about two months. As you can see in the photo below, an area for dining in the backyard is under construction. GMAP(more…)
The folks behind well-known sushi temple BondSt on Bond Street in Manhattan are set to open a new Japanese restaurant at 138 North 8th Street in Williamsburg this week. Cherry Izakaya started serving invite-only guests Tuesday and plans to open to the public Friday.
The contemporary menu will include small and large plates such as donburi escargot with miso béchamel, short ribs, and stuffed calamari with chorizo black rice. There will be sake, beer and and shochu-based cocktails. GMAP
The folks who run Mayfield are busy with renovations at their next venture, a bar with Mexican food truck in Bed Stuy. We wrote about the popular Crown Heights eatery’s plans for 323 Franklin near Clifton back in April. (more…)
The fast food hub at the corner of Nostrand Avenue and Fulton in Bed Stuy is getting a Burger King. The little storefront at 1297 Fulton sits between a Metro PCS and a supermarket. It used to be a home goods store. This corner is already home to Checkers, Golden Krust and KFC. Click through to see a drawing of the future Burger King storefront. GMAP
Starbucks will open its first Williamsburg location Monday, workers told us when we stopped by earlier today. The coffee shop will be located on the ground floor of the Karl Fischer-designed rental building at 405 Union Avenue, as we reported earlier. Looking forward to this? GMAP
A casual French restaurant with a bakery at 272 Flatbush Avenue looked close to opening when we passed by recently. We deduce from the awning and the help wanted sign on the door that Graine de Paris will be something like a diner but with French food, including espresso drinks, chicken and baked goods.
A sign on the door said they were hiring “a barista, chicken help, and experienced servers.” GMAP
Ample Hills will open its new, more ample headquarters at 305 Nevins Street next week, workers told us when we stopped by yesterday. The sprawling complex will serve as the ice creamery’s factory as well as events space and store. (more…)
After months in the making, Emeline’s Diner plans to open July 18, one of the managers told us. The restaurant at 373 Lewis Avenue in Bed Stuy will serve breakfast and lunch from 7 to 4 pm every day. At a recent private party, the menu included egg sandwiches, biscuits with fried apples, crab cakes, coconut French toast, buttermilk pancakes, and omelettes. (more…)