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Chilo’s bar opened last week at 323 Franklin Avenue in Bed Stuy, workers told us when we stopped by Monday. It has an outdoor seating area and taco truck, which will be expanding to include tostadas and other items soon.

When the Mayfield spinoff was in the planning stages, one of the owners, who is married to a midwife, said it would have activities for children outside, but that is no longer the case. “It’s a bar,” said an employee when we asked.

Click through to see the backyard area and a closeup of the mural.

323 Franklin Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP

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A restaurant called Bill Baker’s is prepping to open soon at 364 Grand Street in Williamsburg, near the BQE. It will serve American food, and the bar will have lots of beers on tap, whiskies and bourbon.

The interior will channel a traditional circa-1900 establishment, with a big marble bar, bentwood chairs and exposed brick, according to some sketches and construction shots on the eatery’s Facebook page.  Click through to see a drawing of the interior.

Bill Baker’s is hiring now, according to its website. GMAP

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The bar and restaurant at the corner of Metropolitan and Union, across from Kellogg’s Diner, is now a cafe as well and open in the mornings. As of Tuesday, Sugarburg has a full espresso bar and Brooklyn Roasting Coffee coffee, the head bartender told us. Pastries from nearby Brooklyn Patissaries are coming next week. There is free wifi “and a spacious comfortable atmosphere to work,” he said.

Sugarburg, which is located at 519 Metropolitan Avenue, now opens at 7 am weekdays. It also serves dinner and a weekend brunch.

Bar and Restaurant at Union and Metropolitan in Williamsburg Prepping to Open [Brownstoner]  GMAP

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At the risk of running too many posts about the impending debut of L’Antagoniste at 238 Malcolm X Boulevard in Bed Stuy, we have to tell you it plans to open to the public Friday. Wednesday night there was a dry run with “friends and family.”

We hear it’s very good — menu items include a mackerel appetizer and duck à l’orange for an entree. So it’s really happening. Anyone else check it out last night?

238 Malcolm X Boulevard Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP

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We were excited to read in Grub Street and DNAinfo that ice cream maker Van Leeuwen plans to open a huge flagship store at 204 Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg. The 1,200-square-foot space will have seating for 50 people. This is in the recently opened rental building 50 North 5th (formerly site of Western Carpets, if anyone remembers that far back).

They will have lots of room for experimental flavors and vegan ice creams. They hope to open in mid April.

Van Leeuwen, which started selling out of an ice cream truck in Williamsburg and now makes all its ice cream in its Greenpoint factory, has four stores, including two in Brooklyn. The one in Boerum Hill is always crowded when we go by. 

Van Leeuwen Opening Huge Flagship Ice Cream Parlor on Wythe Avenue [DNA] GMAP
First Look at Van Leeuwen’s Newest Ice-Cream Shop [NY Mag]

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New bar King Tai opens tonight in a formerly decrepit garage at 1095 Bergen Street in Crown Heights. The decor theme is “1940s island vacation,” the owners told us, with shell-shaped vintage lighting, pastel colors, ceiling fans, and windows all around.

The name comes from a Chinese American fish restaurant that occupied the spot decades ago. (Check out the old photo on the bar’s website!) Owners Palmer Thompson-Moss and Dane Risch picked the building, which they bought in 2013, because of its width and site overlooking the community garden at 110 Bergen Street, they said.

Located between Nostrand and New York avenues, King Tai will be open from 5 pm to 2 am weekdays and from 4 pm to 4 am on weekends. DNAinfo was the first to write about the opening. Click through to see the interior.

Bar Takes Shape in Crown Heights Garage [Brownstoner] GMAP
Photos by King Tai

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We noticed some paper up in the window of a recently redone corner space at 572 Grand Street in Williamsburg when we passed by Thursday. A peek inside revealed what appeared to be a setup for a cafe, with an l-shaped counter, shelves for pastries, and an espresso machine. A sign inside says “Bustle & Flow Cafe & Bistro.”

We’re not sure if it’s coming or going: It opened December 4, according to the cafe’s Facebook page, but then shut down a month or two later, according to reviews on Yelp. Was this a test run? A sign on the front door says “Grand Opening Coming Soon.”

Menu items include waffles, grilled cheese, soup, salad, and pastries, according to Facebook. Click through to see the interior through the window and a closeup of the sign on the door. GMAP

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When we passed by 253 Livingston Street in Downtown Brooklyn recently, we noticed big signs in the windows promising “IHOP coming soon 2015.” Another International House of Pancakes nearby, at 276 Livingston Street, shut down in 2014 to make way for TF Cornerstone’s big development at 33 Bond Street. The new location was slated to open in November, according to an article in the Brooklyn Eagle last year. GMAP

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Vinegar Hill House and Pizza East will open restaurants inside Empire Stores at 55 Water Street in early 2016, a spokesperson for the conversion project told us today. Pizza East will be located in the space at left pictured in the rendering above, with the schist wall. Vinegar Hill House will be on the right, in the space with the glass wall.

Both will have indoor and outdoor seating, although the outpost of the popular and nearby Vinegar Hill House will be “primarily grab and go and casual,” he said. The Vinegar Hill counter — apparently there will not be table service — will have its own menu and will serve breakfast, lunch, early dinner, coffee, and juices. It will also offer catering.

This will be Pizza East’s first New York location. The upscale eatery was created by private club Soho House and has locations in London and Chicago, all with different menus and decor. This one will offer ciabatta-crust pizzas baked in a wood-burning oven, as well as other dishes, according to a press release. Both restaurants will focus on “responsibly” and locally sourced ingredients. 

Empire Stores Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP