Signage has gone up in the windows of 602 Vanderbilt Avenue, where restaurant 606 R&D is preparing to expand with takeout and groceries. The spinoff, to be called R&D Foods, will have a counter with seating, according to the website. Offerings will include prepared foods, vegetables, sandwiches, deli items, breads, pastry, donuts, and coffee. There will also be catering.
“Opening Winter 2014″ says the site, and the hours will be 8 am to 8 pm seven days a week. The space was previously home to salon Wink Eco Beauty Bar. Thanks to Cara Greenberg for the tip and photo. GMAP
Over the weekend, we noticed La Nonna had opened a fancy new outpost at 184 Kent Avenue. The Bedford Avenue pizza and pasta joint will be adding some upscale dishes at its prominent new location, including octopus, steak, lamb chops, and sea bass, according to the Village Voice.
Covenhoven beer bar opened Sunday next to the old Chavela’s spot on Classon Avenue, bringing a wide selection of craft beers and a touch of local history to western Crown Heights. The tap room at 730 Classon Avenue borrows its name from a family farm that extended from the corner at Park Place up to Atlantic Avenue and Grand Avenue.
The bar has sixteen beers on tap, with an emphasis on New York City and regional brewers, in addition to an extensive collection of bottled beers. For now the food is limited to pretzels from Pelzers, a Philly-style pretzel shop a few blocks over on Sterling Place, but owners Bill and Molly Bradford plan on expanding the food menu in the near future.
A restaurant named Aperture is in the works to replace Luna Rossa at 552 Court Street in Carroll Gardens. While the two restaurants are totally unrelated, the new one, like the old one, will also be an Italian restaurant serving pizza. Other items will include pasta, fresh seafood, soups and salads — reasonably priced and filling Italian peasant food, owner Alfred Varricchio told us.
The space will seat 30 people inside and 40 in the backyard. After renovations finish, the restaurant will have a “funky” black and white theme, he said. Community Board Six already approved a full liquor license for Aperture on Monday, and Varricchio is ready to sign the lease.
The spot will be open from 11 am to midnight Monday through Saturday and from noon to 10 pm on Sundays. Varricchio said he hopes to open by June. Luna Rossa closed last fall, according to Yelp. GMAP
The sign came down a few weeks ago. Then signs announcing a “close-out sale” with 50 percent off “shelf items” went up. But when we stopped by this morning, grocery store Choice Greene was open for business as usual.
The man behind the counter told us they’re not closing, simply getting rid of the current inventory. Future plans are not certain, but will focus on Choice’s own prepared foods rather than grocery items, he said. Owner Thierry Cabigeos did not immediately return our call asking for more information.
In addition to this location at 214 Greene, which is always busy whenever we stop by, Cabigeos runs a popular restaurant and takeout spot, Choice Market, at 318 Lafayette Avenue. And, of course, Dough. GMAP
Calexico has finally opened its long anticipated Park Slope location, at 280 5th Avenue, as Park Slope Stoop was the first to point out. Its first day was Friday. They’ve certainly transformed the look of the building with a coat of white paint and new exterior lights. Anyone checked it out yet?
Next time you’re stuck at the main Brooklyn Public library with nothing to eat, you can indulge in some pie from Four & Twenty Blackbirds, which opened a cafe inside the library on Tuesday. The three-year-old pie shop run by two sisters in Gowanus has gained quite a following among Brooklyn foodies and recently published a cookbook. For now, the cafe in the library at Grand Army Plaza is still under construction and serving a small menu of Stumptown coffee, banana bread and fruit, Grub Street reported earlier this week.
And pie-baking sisters Melissa and Emily Elsen have teamed up with another pair of chef siblings, John and Mike Poiarkoff of The Pines and Vinegar Hill House, to serve sandwiches and seasonal dishes. On March 14, they’ll begin serving a full menu that will include a roast beef sandwich with homemade kimchee and horseradish mayo and a sandwich featuring hummus made with seasonal veggies. When the team is finished renovating the space, it will have white tiles, marble-topped counters and 18 tables, plus outdoor seating during warmer weather.
Over the weekend, we happened to stumble upon Henry’s Local Cafe on Henry Street near 1st Place in Carroll Gardens, which just opened last Monday. The cute shop at 570 Henry Street serves coffee, tea, sandwiches and pastries, and plans to apply for a beer and wine liquor license. Its owner previously ran Cafe 474 on 4th Avenue in Park Slope, but he closed down the cafe a year ago, after a developer bought up much of the block.
The tin ceiling and dark wooden bar and seats give it an interesting, old-fashioned vibe. The space was previously home to Crave Wine Bar. We’ve included interior photos after the jump! GMAP
A Trade Wise grocery store is gearing up to open at 900 Fulton Street in Clinton Hill, close to the corner of Washington. Signage is up and they are busy building out the inside.
Yelp reviews of the nearby Bed Stuy location say the store is clean and has good prices as well as a small organic section but quality is sometimes erratic. Do you think it will be a useful addition to the neighborhood? GMAP
Bed Stuy Fish Fry is expanding to Clinton Hill. Signage just went up at 940 Fulton Street between St. James Place and Cambridge Place in the old Ramagi pizza spot. And yes, the name is the same despite the new neighborhood.
They will be serving up the same enormous menu as well, with fried whiting and other fish, fried shrimp, fish and chips, mac and cheese, collard greens, jerk chicken and 11 other kinds of chicken, sweet tea, red velvet cake, carrot cake and lots more.
In addition to the namesake restaurant at 801 Halsey Street, they also have a location downtown at 193 Schermerhorn Street. They expect to open next week, they told us. GMAP
Despite efforts to include members from a variety of backgrounds, food co-ops in Clinton Hill, Bushwick, Oakland, Calif., and other gentrifying areas across the U.S. are having a hard time attracting low-income, non-white residents as members, according to a story in the New York Times.
The Greene Hill Food Co-op in Clinton Hill and the Bushwick Food Co-op — two alternatives to the overcrowded Park Slope Food Co-op — are well under way, as more than 120 co-ops open across the country. In Prospect Lefferts Gardens, a group starting a co-op there has secured a storefront space and hopes to open soon, The Brooklyn Paper reported.
The Bushwick Food Co-op organizes tours and other outreach efforts through neighborhood groups; Greene Hill offers discounted memberships for low-income members. But, we would like to point out, because they are new and lack the buying power of a large membership, they cannot offer the extremely low prices and high quality for which the Park Slope Food Co-op is famed. (Prices there are about 30 percent lower than other groceries in New York City, even mainstream ones, according to studies.)
The Times also mentions an African-American-led effort in Detroit, but says recent attempts to start co-ops in East New York and the South Bronx have failed.
The story does not mention the Park Slope Food Co-op’s diverse membership, which includes Hasidic Jews, African-Americans, low-income members, and people who live in subsidized housing. We remember back in the 1970s when food co-ops symbolized a do-it-yourself effort to lower costs and improve nutrition, not yuppification. Perhaps new Brooklyn co-ops could short circuit some growing pains by doing group buys with the Park Slope Food Co-op.
Do you think food co-ops are a positive or negative development for Brooklyn?
When we went by Liquid Oz last night the gate was down and there was a message on the window thanking the community for its support. A neighbor, who said he will miss the coffee, said they shut down last week.
The cafe at 302 Malcolm X Boulevard was known for friendly service and great baked goods, such as blueberry bran muffins and chocolate chip cookies. It also offered espresso drinks and chocolate chai tea. There wasn’t anything else like it on Malcolm X and we are sorry to see it go.
The building has been for sale for months. It last changed hands in 2012 for $325,000. As far as we know, Liquid Oz was renting. We’ve emailed the owner but haven’t heard back yet.
Anyone have the scoop? How do you think this will affect the area? GMAP