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…)

07/23/14 2:00pm


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

Photo by Cherry Izakaya

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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


07/15/14 2:00pm


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