Swallow Cafe will open its third outpost this week, this time in Cobble Hill, at 156 Atlantic Avenue, where the Lebanese restaurant Tripoli has been for decades. Tripoli is not closing; the two businesses will share the space, according to the signage in the window.

Swallow Cafe will serve breakfast and lunch in addition to coffee and other drinks. The cafe’s owner, Mike Saleh, anticipates opening Tuesday or Wednesday. In time, he hopes to start serving weekend brunch, he said.

Saleh was born and raised on Atlantic Avenue, and had always dreamed of operating a business near where he grew up, he told us. (more…)


Another cafe has opened in east Bed Stuy. Butch & CoCo Cafe’s weekend brunch menu includes cheddar and blue cheese sliders, chicken tacos, and red velvet waffles and fried chicken. The spot also serves bagels, eggs and sausage, a “tlt” sandwich with turkey bacon, french toast, and a spring salad with artichoke and cucumber.

“It is easy to miss because the signage is not that eyecatching, but their limited menu is super delicious (mostly tacos and sliders),” a Brownstoner reader who lives nearby told us. Inside there is counter seating at the window and reclaimed wood around the main counter and the walls.

T Roc Homestyle Cooking opened nearby on Ralph in October, and Manny’s reopened on Patchen the same month.

For now Butch & CoCo is open only on weekends from 9 to 6:30 pm, workers told us when we stopped by. They deliver. The address is 153 Howard Avenue.  GMAP (more…)


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



Chase is opening a branch at 276 Livingston Street in Downtown Brooklyn, we noticed when we passed by a few weeks ago. It’s the same building where the International House of Pancakes is reopening, although it’s on a different corner.

We’re not sure what the exact address will be, since Chase doesn’t list the branch yet on its map, but it sits on the corner of Fulton and Bond, right across from the now closed-for-construction City Point mall. GMAP


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

Sketch via Bill Baker’s (more…)


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


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


Tangerine Hot Power Yoga is limbering up to open a custom-built hot yoga studio at 225 Schermerhorn Street on Monday, March 23. It will feature radiant heating panels, and there will also be a hot and cold water station and freshly laundered towels.

The space was designed by Ivana Martinovic and Nikola Martinovic of INM Architects.

A few items will also be available for purchase: Liquiteria raw and cold-pressed juices, scented eco-friendly candles from Brooklyn Candle Studio, organic body products from Plant Brooklyn and clothing from Good hYOUman, a spokesperson told us.

Click through to see a sketch of the interior. GMAP

Drawing by INM Architects


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]