Urban Market opened Friday at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge at 11 Broadway. The 16,000-square-foot store is an offshoot of Key Food and aims to offer both upscale and basic items, according to a press release sent out by landlord L+M Development Partners. The store features a gourmet deli with a kosher section, a full-service seafood department, and locally sourced and organic products. It is located near some recently opened luxury apartment buildings, artisanal grocer Marlow & Daughters, and the area’s large Hasidic community. The new store has 20 parking spaces. GMAP
Hungry Ghost opened its second Brooklyn location last week at 781 Fulton Street. The coffee shop serves its own baked goods, Stumptown coffee, and breakfast and lunch items such as granola, sandwiches and quiche. It also plans to host events such as comedy nights. We think they did a really nice job on the exterior. (The inside looks good too.) Click through to the jump for a look at the tire shop it replaced and a glimpse of the interior through the window. Anyone been yet?
Daily Press Coffee opened at 181 Havemeyer Street in South Williamsburg late last month. The cafe features French press coffee, espresso, regular brewed coffee and freshly made pastries and candy. The milk comes from Battenkill Valley Creamery upstate. Bagels are coming soon! The cafe’s first location is in Bed Stuy, at 505 Franklin Avenue. GMAP
Gourmet grocery store The Greene Grape, which just re-opened in a larger location on Fulton Street, is hosting a tasting of fine wines and Thanksgiving goodies tonight. They’ll sample six different wines and sides made in the Provisions kitchen, including cornbread and kale stuffing, house made pork sausage and sage stuffing, and japanese sweet potatoes with maple syrup and nutmeg. The free tasting will happen from 6 to 8 pm at 767 Fulton Street in Fort Greene. Check out Greene Grape’s blog for all the details.
Pastry and ice cream shop Fort Grace Local opens today in the back of Fort Greene restaurant The General Greene at 229 Dekalb Avenue. When we stopped by yesterday, workers were putting the finishing touches on the space and we weren’t allowed a peek, but there will be a communal table, vintage lighting and marble tile floors, according to a press release.
The new store replaces the restaurant’s outdoor summer-only stand, above, and there will be a much bigger selection, by new pastry chef Elle Lawrence. The ever-changing, seasonal menu with locally sourced ingredients will feature such treats as Honey Cream Cheese Corn Muffins, Apricot Rosemary infused Pistachio Teacake, Clementine Pound Cake, focaccia, brioche, croissants, Chocolate Beet Cake, Butter Toasted Walnut Cake and Bourbon Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Pie.
Malted cookies and bars come in flavors such as Salty Oats, Malted Chocolate Chip and Coconut Dream Bars. House made candy includes Ancho Chili Cinnamon Bark and Salted Pumpkin Caramel.
The restaurant will still be serving its house made ice cream in such flavors as Asian Pear, Pumpkin Pie and Salted Caramel. There are milkshakes and malts, homemade cones, sauces and toppings such as Coffee Cake Streusel and candied spiced nuts.
Some of the items will be vegan, grain-free and sugar-free, so there is something for everyone. The coffee and espresso is from Counter Culture. GMAP
Whole Foods has set an official opening date for its Gowanus store: December 17, Gothamist reported. The grocery on 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue will have a rooftop garden, a pub, and a plaza overlooking the canal, as we’ve already mentioned. Are you looking forward to the opening?
Bed Stuy Fresh and Local was redoing their facade and installing tile when we stopped by yesterday. Co-founder Dylan Ricards told us they hope to open in December.
Initial plans called for a plant wall out front, but that proved cost prohibitive at $15,000. Instead, the front will be made up of a patchwork of salvage windows Ricards picked up for only a tenth of the price, or $1,500.
Inside 210 Patchen, the high white wall tile in the butcher section was done and floor tile was going in. The wall tile had tiny grout lines, just like in an old-time store, and looked perfectly straight.
Outside on the other side of the building, Ricards uncovered an old shop window whose structure is made of copper. He found some old tin ceiling tiles inside to cover the area under the window.
The refrigeration units have been picked out and will be delivered as soon as the store places their order, he said. Click through to the jump to see inside. GMAP(more…)
Gourmet grocery store Greene Grape Provisions opened for business in its new location at 767 Fulton Street this morning. The new space is double the size of its old one and next door to its wine store. Much of the store’s butcher counter, produce section, pastries and dry goods come from local farms and manufacturers.
Borough President Marty Markowitz, City Council Member and Public Advocate-elect Letitia James and Small Business Commissioner Robert Walsh will attend the official grand opening tomorrow. There will also be wine tastings, free samples and demos and a wandering accordion player. Click through to the jump for interior shots. GMAP
Williamsburg’s The Meat Hook is expanding with a sandwich shop. The whole-animal, locavore butcher shop plans to open Meat Hook Sandwich in January at 495 Lorimer Street, next door to Gimme Coffee.
The initial plan is to offer five regular sandwiches plus daily specials — “determined by whatever we have too much of at the butcher shop,” according to an email sent out by co-owner Tom Mylan. The menu is still in development, but will probably include roast beef, Italian and turkey subs, grilled ham and cheese, a roast pork sandwich, and possibly a vegetarian item. GMAP
We were walking north up Nostrand Avenue in Crown Heights over the weekend when we spotted signage for this bagel shop on Nostrand Avenue between Atlantic and Pacific. The Facebook page for Nostrand Avenue Bagels says they plan to open soon and will offer hand-rolled bagels made and baked in the store every day. They will also have a line of “Caribbean”-flavored bagels (tropical fruit and herb spice) and standard bagel joint fare like salads, cream cheeses, breakfast sandwiches, burgers, wraps, fresh juices and veggie sandwich options. Hopefully it will be a good place for breakfast to stop if you’re heading to the A/C trains at Fulton or to fortify for a visit to the famously difficult post office on Atlantic near Nostrand. GMAP
A sustainable bakery called Little Cupcake Bakeshop will open next spring at 589 Vanderbilt in Prospect Heights, according to co-owner Massimo LoBuglio. The storefront on the corner of St. Marks Avenue, which used to be Pena’s Food Market, will be Little Cupcake’s third location in the city, joining two in Soho and Bay Ridge. Little Cupcake has become known as the world’s first carbon-neutral bakery, because they use energy efficient practices and appliances, green construction, biodegradable packaging and ConEd Solutions wind power, according to their website. And their stores are insulated by recycled blue jeans, just like the Kickstarter headquarters in Greenpoint.
They’ve also hosted fundraisers for endangered species, hungry children in developing countries and environmental charities. And the four Brooklyn brothers who run the bakery enjoy supporting street art: Their Prince Street store hosted a Shepard Fairey mural two years ago, and they plan to have street artist Gilf! paint the Prospect Heights shop. GMAP
A restaurant serving up New American food is moving into the former home of Anima Italian Bistro, at 460 Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill. The restaurant, which hasn’t decided on a name yet, applied for a full liquor license with Community Board Two last month and hopes to open by December 1. The restaurant has a backyard, but will not be using it. The inside space can seat about 70 people. The owner, entrepreneur Rich Winter, runs a restaurant consulting firm called BrightRize. Anima occupied the storefront between Waverly and Washington until last spring, when it shuttered and said it was “closed for renovations.” We also heard the late Colin Devlin, who founded DuMont, had planned to open a restaurant here. GMAP