Trade Wise, the grocery store that opened at 900 Fulton Street earlier this year, appears to have gone out of business, even though the outside is still festooned with bunting and a flag proclaiming its “grand opening.”

A commenter spotted that it was recently shut during business hours, and when we stopped by twice yesterday, once in the morning and once in the afternoon, it was still closed.

Anyone know more?

Trade Wise Supermarket Opening in Clinton Hill [Brownstoner] GMAP

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After only a year in business, it looks like Cafe Allegria has closed its doors at 547 St Marks Avenue in Crown Heights. On Saturday morning, we spotted a sign on the front that said the property had been sold and the cafe was closed. Does anyone know what happened? When we interviewed the owners last year, they told us they had bought the house in 2003 and then decided to renovate and move into it three years ago. The public records don’t list any recent sales.

Crown Heights Cafe Opens in a House Just off Franklin Avenue [Brownstoner] GMAP


When we passed by Brooklyn Wine Yard at 1114 Fulton Street Thursday, we thought it was a wine store. Turns out it’s a bar serving small plates. They hope to open this week, they told us.

They are waiting on city permits, according to their Facebook page. It looks like a lobster salad, lobster roll, and Buffalo Chicken on greens may be on the menu, if Facebook photos are any indication.

The spot was previously home to a jewelry store and cafe. It’s three avenues away from where developer Bawabeh Brothers is planning an upscaling of six storefronts. Click through for a closeup. GMAP (more…)

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True Religion is opening its first Brooklyn store this winter in the old Viva Movil space across the street from the Barclays Center in Park Slope. Signage for the California-based denim brand appeared on the corner of Flatbush and Pacific earlier this week. Thanks to a commenter for tipping us off.

The new store at 162 Flatbush Avenue will have nine-foot-tall digital storefront windows, as well as other technology such as interactive kiosks and iPad checkout, according to Racked and Apparel.  GMAP



The mural covered construction fence has come down and workers were busy painting “J.Crew” on the side of the building at 234 Wythe Avenue when we stopped by yesterday afternoon. The store will open tomorrow at 11 am, according to an update on J.Crew’s Facebook page. They’ve dramatically altered the look of the building — for the better, we think — with new windows and a door, although we wish they’d left the old red brick unpainted. GMAP

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When we stopped by the old Nimba space at 619 St. Johns Place in Crown Heights, the owners of the new Forte Cafe told us they plan to open by October 1. They’ll serve coffee, tea, made-to-order salads, sandwiches, pastries, and bagels and lox. They plan to do most of their baking on site. The interiors look pretty much the same as when Nimba occupied the space, except for a fresh paint job on the bar and new art on the walls.

New Cafe Moving Into Old Nimba Spot in Crown Heights? [Brownstoner] GMAP


Pilar Cuban Eatery is moving to 397 Greene Avenue, above. The new location is two blocks down the street from its original location at 393 Classon Avenue at the corner of the Greene.

They plan to open in two months, workers told us when we stopped by. As far as we know, the old location will remain open until the switch.

The original spot is very small so we’re guessing they’re making the move to add more tables. Pilar serves updated Cuban comfort food. Anyone a fan? GMAP

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Starbucks signage went up earlier this week at the corner of Eastern Parkway and Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights. There’s already furniture inside, and it looks like the storefront could open soon. Brooklynian says it’s scheduled to open September 27. The coffee chain signed a lease in June at 341 Eastern Parkway, where rents start at $2,575 for a one-bedroom.  GMAP


We’ve received a ton of tips that a Ricky’s NYC is moving into 209 Smith Street, a prominent corner where Carroll Gardens meets Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill. (This is the old Faan space — more recently, Burger on Smith.) Apparently people really care about Ricky’s!

It could be a Halloween popup, but the signage looks like regular Ricky’s. They already have two locations in Brooklyn, one in the Heights and one in Park Slope. So this seems like a logical addition.

Thanks for a tipster for sending in the photo. Anyone know more? GMAP


The Good Batch opened this morning in a recently revamped commercial space at 936 Fulton Street in Clinton Hill. On the menu are all kinds of cookies, muffins, cake, ice cream sandwiches and savory scones. There is also coffee, tea, ice tea, lemonade and Arnold Palmers.

The Good Batch started out selling ice cream sandwiches made with their own not-too-sweet cookies and stroopwafels at the Brooklyn Flea. This is their first store. Anyone checked it out yet? GMAP (more…)