The long-awaited Saraghina Bar opened Wednesday night at 348 Lewis Avenue in Bed Stuy. The spot, an expansion of Saraghina restaurant next door, serves drinks from 6 pm until closing. It will add small plates soon, a worker told us when we stopped by Thursday.
The interior has the same rustic charm as its siblings Saraghina and Saraghina Bakery. There are mismatched chairs, antique lights and, most interesting, a trompe-l’œil mural on the side wall. (more…)
Big news for Bed Stuy: A full-service Mexican restaurant with a bar, a first, is getting ready to open in Stuy Heights. Tepache Mexican Grill will be located at 361 Halsey Street on the corner of Marcus Garvey, one block from Saraghina.
No one was around when we stopped by this morning for photos, but a tipster who lives nearby filled us in on the details. Owner Armando Solterra hopes to open in about a month. There will be outdoor seating, and the restaurant is in the process of applying for a liquor license. (more…)
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…)
After a few false alarms, the latest in the Bed-Vyne mini-empire, Bed-Vyne Cocktail, opened two weeks ago at 305 Halsey Street in Bed Stuy. We stopped in for a drink Saturday night, and the joint was jumping with a super-friendly, neighborhood-y vibe. (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.
Starbucks will soon be opening in a large storefront on Myrtle Avenue in Fort Greene. The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership’s blog confirmed the rumors that have been circulating for months with several sources earlier this week, although Starbucks has not yet responded. (more…)
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