08/20/14 2:00pm

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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

08/18/14 2:00pm

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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]

08/13/14 2:00pm

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The dining options in this part of town are pretty much limited to fast food and takeout, so we were surprised to come across this full-service restaurant and bar tucked away on the corner of Bushwick Avenue and Schaefer, not too far from the graveyard end of the neighborhood. Andalucia Bar Lounge opened two weeks ago at 1336 Bushwick Avenue, the cook and owner standing outside told us when we passed by Thursday.

Despite its Spanish name, the restaurant serves French and Italian dishes. Menu items on the chalkboard in the window included black mussels, baked clams, grilled chicken salad, grilled branzino, penne vodka with diced chicken, grilled rib eye steak with fries, and sauteed squid. It sounds promising, and entree prices are a reasonable $8 to $14. So far, it has one review in Yelp — a positive one. Has anyone tried it? GMAP

08/12/14 2:00pm

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Shake Shack opened its third Brooklyn outpost Sunday at 170 Flatbush Avenue, directly across the street from Barclays Center, according to a post on the company’s blog. The Park Slope location joins the franchise’s recently opened Dumbo storefront and its three-year-old Downtown Brooklyn one.

When we stopped by about 7 pm last night, it was pleasantly uncrowded. Brooklyn-specific concrete flavors include Fudge-eddabouitit, which has chocolate custard blended with fudge sauce, chocolate cookie and Mast Brothers dark chocolate chunks; Brooklyn Pie Oh My, which has vanilla custard and a seasonal slice of Four & Twenty Blackbirds pie; and a Barclays-specific Nothin’ But NETS, which features chocolate and vanilla custard blended with marshmallow sauce, crispy crunchies and chocolate sprinkles.

And one wall features a large piece by graffiti artist and typography master Greg Lamarche, who recently painted a mural on the construction wall for Williamsburg’s soon-to-open J.Crew. Click through to see the interior! GMAP

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Spirited, a “dessert speakeasy,” according to its website, plans to open at 638 Bergen Street in Prospect Heights around August 20. It is waiting on its liquor license, owner Kimberly Wetherell told us when we passed by recently.

There will be a full bar with crafted cocktails and every dessert will contain alcohol. Menu items include churros made with Brooklyn Brewery seasonal ales, dusted with bourbon sugar and dipped in chocolate ganache with ginger liqueur. A meringue cake will have bitters, champagne whipped cream and “boozy sauces” whose flavors change daily. Pears in the pear pie will be poached in port, “Manhattan” cookies will have oatmeal, cherries, and rye liquor, and there will be cocktail-flavored lollipops.

Inside there will be low lighting, banquettes, sconces, and a glittery hanging proclaiming the name of the establishment made out of bottle caps. The space was previously home to Beast. GMAP

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A cafe and grocery store selling prepared foods called Capitoline Grounds opened two weeks ago at 1499 Fulton Street in Bed Stuy. They serve their own freshly baked croissants and pastries, housemade ice cream, hot and cold sandwiches, coffee, homemade lemonade, smoothies, cheese, charcuterie, and sweet and savory crepes.

There is also a garden in the back with seating. When we stopped by yesterday, sandwich offerings included duck rillettes and a chicken B.L.T. with avocado.

Capitoline Grounds replaces ice cream parlor Ice to Meet You, which didn’t last a year. Anyone tried it yet? GMAP