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The Burger King at the corner of Marcy and Fulton across from Restoration Plaza has closed. (In July, a new Burger King was setting up shop at Nostrand and Fulton, as we reported.) This lot at 957 Marcy has not recently traded hands, but an application for a permit to demolish the existing building was filed in August.

A permit to build a one-story bank building with a drive-through and curb cut has been in the works since 2012 but has not yet been granted and is waiting for zoning approval. We think a taller mixed-use building would be a better use of the space here. What do you think?

Thanks to a reader for a tip about the closing. GMAP (more…)

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The Lefferts Community Food Co-op is getting close to opening and held an open house this past Sunday, October 26. The event offered a “sneak peak” at the store’s progress, food samples, refreshments, and a chance to meet and mingle with members. They also gave away some fun refrigerator magnets. The co-op is is aiming to open by mid-November, according to its Facebook page. It is located at 324 Empire Boulevard in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. GMAP

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A small spot called T Roc Homestyle Cooking has just opened at 194 Ralph Avenue between Decatur and MacDonough in Bed Stuy, half a block down from Burger & Brew. They are serving breakfast, lunch and dinner for eating in or takeout. Menu items include burgers, philly cheesesteaks, grilled cheese, pancakes, eggs, and egg with bacon or sausage sandwiches. GMAP

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Burly Cafe (or Burly Coffee, depending on where you’re looking) is planning to open next Monday at 832 Dekalb Avenue near the corner of Throop in Bed Stuy. According to its Facebook page, the cafe will be brewing and retailing Colectivo Coffee, roasted in Milwaukee.

Burly joins a few other new businesses that have sprung up on this corner. Vin de Table wine shop opened nearby at 354 Throop Avenue and Simple Pleasures Cafe opened last week across the street at 833 Dekalb Avenue.

Thanks to a tipster for alerting us to the October 27 opening. Click through to see a photo of the interior nearing completion.

Vin de Table Wine Shop Coming to Throop [Brownstoner]
Simple Pleasures Cafe Opened Monday on Dekalb and Throop in Bed Stuy [Brownstoner]
Lots of Development for Dekalb and Throop Corner
[Brownstoner] GMAP
Second photo by Burly Cafe
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A new wine shop, Vin de Table, is setting up shop in Bed Stuy at 354 Throop Avenue. The “soft” opening is today, but the store plans to officially open for business next week, according to its Facebook page. The store is located in a new building at the corner of Dekalb.

Vin de Table will carry a mix of international and local wines, with an emphasis on quality wines for $10 and less a bottle. “Our mission to find great affordable wines,” according to its website.

Thanks to a tipster for the photo and intel. Do you think a wine store will be an asset in this location? GMAP

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We are delighted to report that after a hiatus of almost two years, Manny’s reopened Monday at 212 Patchen Avenue with a full working kitchen and greatly expanded menu.

On the menu are four kinds of burgers and a variety of paninis, wraps, sandwiches, salads and soup. There are also prepared foods at the counter, including hanger steaks, salmon, rotisserie chicken, and beef empanadas. Also at the counter are Dough donuts and Choice pastries and cookies. There will also be daily specials, a worker told us. They are serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and will be open until 9 pm.

Manny’s opened as a cafe in 2012 serving items from Choice and Dough, but always intended to open as a restaurant. It shut a few months later, and has been greatly missed by neighbors. Click through to see the menu and lots more photos.

Manny’s Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP

Update: Manny’s will close at 5 pm tonight and tomorrow, then be open from 7 am to 9 pm starting Friday. Also, a reader stopped by for lunch today and said it was packed!

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When last we stopped by 212 Greene Avenue, Finch’s exterior was just some pieces of plywood. Now a classy affair with panelling and big windows, it has received what looks to be a final coat of navy paint and a globe sconce. The inside is built out too, as you can see from the construction photos on the restaurant’s website.

The farm-to-table menu will include deviled eggs, raw fluke with sea urchin, pastured chicken and vegetable cassoulet. The chef, Gabe McMackin, formerly cooked at Roberta’s, Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Gramercy Tavern. Given those credentials, we are pretty excited about this opening.

Farm-to-Table Restaurant Finch to Open in August on Greene in Clinton Hill [Brownstoner]

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Luke’s Lobster opened two weeks ago at 237 5th Avenue, in a spot formerly occupied by a shoe repair shop. Menu items include lobster, shrimp and crab rolls, New England clam chowder and other soups, and pies from Four & Twenty Blackbirds.

There will also be beer on tap, backyard grilled lobster tail parties and a CSA fresh fish pickup. This is the second Brooklyn location for the 14-store business. Anyone checked it out yet? GMAP

Photos by Luke’s Lobster (more…)

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Two veterans of vaunted San Francisco eatery Slanted Door are opening a “modern Vietnamese gastropub” at 162 5th Avenue in Park Slope. The space was just vacated by Brooklyn Fish Camp because their 10-year lease was up.

Slanted Door, which won the Outstanding Restaurant James Beard Award this year, serves updated Vietnamese food, with dishes such as oven-roasted clams and crispy shrimp-stuffed squash blossoms. The Daily Meal was the first to report on the news.

Are you excited about this addition to the Park Slope dining scene?

Slanted Door Vets Opening Vietnamese Gastropub in Park Slope [Daily Meal] GMAP
Photo by Kate Leonova for PropertyShark

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A restaurant called Brooklyn Eats plans to open at 474 Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill, according to a sign draped over the front window. We couldn’t find any info about the food except that it will be reasonably priced, offering “good solid eats for $8 to $12,” according to the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership.

A sign on the door noted the restaurant is applying for a liquor license. It’s a spinoff of Chance 11 Bar and Grill on Fulton between Vanderbilt and Clinton, according to Fort Greene Focus. It will have eight tables and hopes to open later this month, said the story.

The new restaurant replaces Cielo bar and El Patron restaurant. GMAP