The owner of a Bed Stuy lounge plans to spice up the desolate area around the Manhattan Bridge in downtown Brooklyn by opening a restaurant that serves West African, Trinidadian and American food. After a decade of running Amarachi on Franklin Avenue, Joseph Adewumi wants to bring that Bed Stuy feel to an eatery called Amarachi Prime, in the ground floor space at 189 Bridge Street.

The 2,500-square-foot restaurant will serve typical American fare like pancakes, waffles, burgers and salmon, as well as Caribbean staples like oxtail stew. Adewumi hopes to open by July 4 and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner into the wee hours. (He plans to stay open until 4 am Fridays and Saturdays.) Community Board 2 approved his application for a full liquor license  last week. GMAP

The Classon Social Club opened its doors last Friday on the corner of St. Johns and Classon, offering live blues and jazz and classic American comfort food. The bar and restaurant serves up homey dishes like mac and cheese, chicken pot pie, shrimp and polenta and sorghum glazed porchetta.

The western Crown Heights joint has a small stage outfitted with a drum kit and piano, and there are several blues, tango and jazz acts lined up for later this month. Check out the full food and alcohol menu here. The Classon Social Club is located at 807 Classon Avenue and open from 5 pm to midnight every day except Sunday.

Click through to the jump to see an interior photo. GMAP


The new Hill Country Barbecue Market celebrated its grand opening at 345 Adams Street Tuesday with a party. A reader sent us a photo of the festivities, which you can see after the jump. The sit-down restaurant opened a few weeks ago and serves Texas-style smoked meats, prime rib, cornbread, banana pudding and PB&J cupcakes. The 11,000-square-foot restaurant also has a 130-seat music venue where roots, Americana and alt-country acts can perform.

The restaurant’s fried-chicken-serving sister and takeout joint Hill Country Chicken opened at the same address in late December. Fried chicken, a variety of pies, and sides like cheesy fried mashed potatoes are all on the menu. Shake Shack is across the street.

Huge BBQ Joint Coming to 345 Adams Street [Brownstoner] GMAP



Kimchi Taco, the successful Mexican and Korean fusion joint that began as a food truck and then opened a storefront in Prospect Heights, is opening a second location on Smith Street in Carroll Gardens, DNAinfo reported. Founder Philip Lee will soon be serving up Korean barbeque tacos and kimchi at Kimchi Grill at 478 Smith Street. Just like the Prospect Heights restaurant, the new outpost will be small and cater mostly to take-out orders, but still serve Bloody Marys, mimosas, margaritas, soju and beer to customers while they wait.

The little spot at the corner of Smith and 9th streets, shown above in 2012, will serve a similar menu to the Washington Avenue location, including beef short ribs, spicy pork, tofu edamame falafel and vegan kimchi. Community Board Six’s permits and licenses committee recommended approving a full liquor license for the venue Monday night, and Lee expects to open in the next two months.

Kimchi Grill to Dish out Korean Barbecue and Booze in Carroll Gardens [DNAinfo]
Photo by Pardon Me For Asking

Tennessee-style BBQ joint Humo Smokehouse is hosting a ribbon-cutting to announce their official opening Wednesday on Myrtle Avenue in Fort Greene. The restaurant at 336 Myrtle Avenue offers brisket, pulled pork, ribs, pork belly and sausage, which have been smoked in-house and brushed with a custom dry rub. Humo also serves classic southern sides like chili, smoked black beans, potato salad and cole slaw. Owner Raul Perez and his team get their produce and meat from several local farmers through Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership’s Farm to Neighborhood program.

Although the restaurant held a soft opening earlier this month, it finally has its liquor license and is ready to welcome its Fort Greene neighbors. And the Yelp reviews are promising. The ribbon-cutting will happen Wednesday at 4 pm. GMAP

Photo by Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership

Owners of the successful Comodo in Soho are opening another Latin American outpost on Dekalb in Fort Greene, to be called Colonia Verde. Felipe Donnelly and William Osborne are taking over the former Kif space at 219 Dekalb near Adelphi Street.

Their vision is a communal, family-style restaurant with cuisine from various parts of Latin America, namely Colombia, Peru, Mexico and Brazil, as DNAinfo was the first to report. The owners applied for a full liquor license last week with Community Board Two, asking to be open until 2 am. Construction has already started on their space, and they said they would like to open as soon as their liquor license comes through.

Colonia Verde has a backyard, which will be closed in by fiberglass and heated and air conditioned year round. GMAP

Brooklyn’s first dinner boat, The Water Table, will officially open for business on December 6. The World War II-era ship will be serving up seasonal New England cuisine and is taking reservations for Friday and Saturday nights in December. Dinner will be a prix-fixe three-course menu that costs $75, not including beverages, taxes, and gratuity, and cruises generally last from 7:30 to 10 pm. They’ll be pouring bitters-inspired classic cocktails from the ’40s and offering Brooklyn Brewery beer. The wine list will feature small, organic wineries, and there will be a “sipping rum” list. The boat, which docks at India Street Pier in Greenpoint, hopes to expand its service in early 2014. And you can make reservations for New Year’s Eve! Reservations and the December menu are available on The Water Table’s website.

Closing Bell: You Can Fund Brooklyn’s First Dinner Boat [Brownstoner]
Photo by Water Table

It looks like Flatbush Farm owner Damon Gorton is opening another restaurant in the old Sister’s Hardware storefront in Clinton Hill. Sister’s Hardware closed its doors at 900 Fulton Street in May 2012 and the space has been vacant ever since. We don’t know what type of restaurant it will be, but we do know Gorton applied for a full liquor license last month.

Sister’s Hardware No More on Fulton Street [Brownstoner] GMAP

A sign has appeared for Black Forest Restaurant, a German restaurant that’s moving into the former medical office building at 735 Fulton Street in Fort Greene. The restaurant applied for a full liquor license in August, right after renovations began on the one-story red-brick building. GMAP

Restaurant to Replace Medical Offices on Fulton [Brownstoner]

The owner of Woodland in Park Slope is opening a new restaurant at 271 Adelphi Street at Dekalb Avenue in Fort Greene, where Cornerstone closed in July. He applied for a full liquor license two weeks ago at a meeting of Community Board Two, where he said he expected to close by 2 am most nights.

The restaurant will serve seafood. There will be a bar in the front that can seat 10, and the whole restaurant can fit 66 people. There is an outdoor courtyard, which will also stay open till 2 am. The restaurant is slated to open in December or January. GMAP

Emily and Matt Hyland built their restaurant careers working at Brooklyn Central in Park Slope and Smorgasburg’s Pizza Moto, and now they’re ready to open their own pizza place at 919 Fulton Street in Clinton Hill. They’re going to offer pizzas, American fare, and an array of small plates from salads to more robust dishes. The space’s previous occupant was The Wallace, a seasonal American restaurant that closed after only a year in business. The Hylands just signed their lease on September 1 and expect to be open by early December. GMAP

The Wallace Is Opening at 919 Fulton Street [Brownstoner]