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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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A general store selling hard-to-find items is prepping to open at 518a Willoughby Avenue early next year. Willoughby General will carry bread, cheese, coffee, gifts and a small selection of produce. Co-owner Rachel Tutera said she wants to offer items her neighbors can’t find elsewhere in the area.

“We want people to be able to come here instead of zigzagging all over the neighborhood or going to Manhattan to get staples or odds and ends,” she said. The shop is taking requests on what to carry through its Facebook page. Since Key Food on Myrtle and Throop closed over the summer, locals have wondered where they can buy basic groceries without walking several blocks, Tutera said.

Other items may include locally made honey from the bees in a nearby garden, home brew kits, regional spices, and some magazines and newspapers. Tutera and her business partner, Barbara Lester, hope to open in January with hours from 7 am to 7 pm. They’re signing the lease on the 300-square-foot space this week. GMAP

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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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Madewell will open its first Brooklyn store at 127 North 6th Street in Williamsburg Wednesday, a sales associate told us when we called. The grand opening party is set for that evening, according to the brand’s Facebook page and an email we received.

When we stopped by yesterday, scaffolding was up and the exterior was under construction. We don’t know what that silvery shiny stuff is on the top (strips of aluminum? insulation?) or why it’s made up of such skinny, short pieces, but perhaps it’s some kind of under layer and not the final topping. (Click through for a closeup.)

The store is centrally located near Bedford Avenue on the same street as Urban Outfitters and American Apparel. J.Crew opened a few blocks away last month. Williamsburg is now feeling a lot like Soho 25 years ago. GMAP (more…)

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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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A story in Gawker today confirmed the exact addresses of three buildings Vice Media is taking over as it expands its multimedia empire in Williamsburg, and yes, as suspected, Glasslands (as well as Death by Audio and a handful of other businesses) is being displaced. Williamsburg institution Glasslands, a once hidden and illegal performance space that later went legit, announced yesterday its last show will be New Year’s Eve.

The addresses are 285-289 Kent Avenue, pictured above, and two buildings at 49 South 2nd Street. Gawker found mention of the deal and the exact addresses in an interview with the broker that ran in the Commercial Observer in September. When Vice’s expansion was first announced, the exact addresses of the buildings were not given, although we speculated that 285 Kent was one.

It’s nothing new for gentrifiers to displace gentrifiers, and Glasslands is one of a long list of quirky Williamsburg businesses to shut in recent months.

No One Wants to Say It, But Vice Is Displacing Brooklyn Institutions [Gawker]  GMAP

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An unnamed real estate firm is setting up shop at 11 Greene Avenue, a worker inside told us when we stopped by recently. This is in one of the 19th century storefronts in three Italianate row houses near the intersection of Fulton Street in Fort Greene.

Unfortunately, the new cement window surround looks out of place, but at least it didn’t replace anything historic. The retail space, previously the longtime home of Jessy’s House of Styles unisex salon and barbershop, had a modern metal facade. GMAP

Update: A Corcoran spokesperson just confirmed this will be Corcoran’s sales office for the Lefferts Place Mews condos in Clinton Hill.

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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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