04/18/14 2:00pm

A tipster sent along these photos of Tripp & Cooper Cafe in Fort Greene, which the city closed Tuesday for operating without a permit. The cafe and coffee shop at 80 Dekalb Avenue, across the street from the Long Island University campus, opened in the fall of 2012. It served crepes, coffee, sandwiches and pastries. Click through the jump to see the health department notice. GMAP



The Heights Cafe restaurant at 84 Montague Street re-opened earlier this month after six weeks of interior renovations. There is also a new menu, with new-American fare such as a lobster roll, oyster po-boy, a burger, veal and wild mushroom meatloaf and a ribeye.

Click through to the jump for an interior shot. Has anyone checked it out? GMAP

Photos by Heights Cafe (more…)

04/16/14 2:00pm


A convention center is planning to open at 79 Franklin Street in Greenpoint later this year, possibly in October, according to DNAinfo. Currently under construction, the Brooklyn Expo Center will have 28,000 square feet of space for exhibitions and meetings. There will also be a cafeteria and parking.

A reader who lives nearby said it looks like the building is about a quarter done. GMAP

Rendering by Brooklyn Expo Center


Popular Crown Heights eatery Mayfield plans to open a bar with backyard garden and taco truck at 323 Franklin Avenue, according to DNAinfo. There will be tacos, tortas and weekly specials such as roast pig and pozole.

There will also be movie nights for kids with films projected on the rear wall. Community Board 3 plans to support the restaurant’s application for a liquor license.

Electronic dance music label Dub-Stuy Records recently vacated the space due to rising rents, but is still in business while it searches for a permanent location, said DNAinfo. It’s also going to participate in Do or Dine’s annual Memorial Day celebration. 

Bed-Stuy Record Label to be Replaced by Taco Truck and Bar [DNAinfo] GMAP

04/14/14 2:00pm


Menswear maker and retailer By Robert James‘s Williamsburg store has moved around the corner, from 241 Bedford Avenue to 193 Grand Street. The new store, which opened in February and had its grand opening party last month, is between Bedford and Driggs, on the same block as Bird.

The locally made wares include corduroy paisley shirts, animal print jackets and skinny ties. The company is known for its friendly attitude and frequent parties. There is also a second Brooklyn store, at 416 Atlantic Avenue, and the original store on the Lower East Side. 

By Robert James Opens in Williamsburg [Brownstoner] GMAP


Last week, a reader spotted an ad on Fillmore for Manny’s asking $240,000 for the business. “Fully equipped turnkey French style cafe business for sale,” said the ad. The price would include taking over the 10-year lease as well as all the interior fittings and equipment of the cafe, above, which the owners had beautifully decorated with wood panelling and a vintage mantel.

Manny’s opened at 212 Patchen Avenue in Bed Stuy in October of 2012 and closed about a year later, promising to reopen after they put in gas service. They opened as a cafe serving a variety of sandwiches and baked goods from sister businesses Choice Market and Dough but the intention was always to be a full-service restaurant.

Meanwhile, over at Choice Greene, the mini-empire’s grocery store at 214 Greene Avenue in Clinton Hill, the store is now almost empty of goods and fixtures except for one person in the back preparing bagels, another reader tells us. In February, we reported that their sign had come down and they were advertising a “close-out sale” but were not going out of business, according to one of the workers at the counter.

We reached out to the owner for comment and to see if he could share with us his plans for Choice Greene, but have not yet heard back. In the meantime, the ad for Manny’s has disappeared off the Fillmore site. We hope that means they’ve found a buyer, but in any case, we have enjoyed all their businesses (we’re eating a Dough doughnut right now) and wish them well in everything they do.

04/10/14 2:00pm

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Nostrand Avenue’s newest coffee shop, Tinto, is opening this Saturday afternoon in Crown Heights. There will be coffee, pastries, ice cream and other treats for anyone who stops by 715 Nostrand Avenue from 2 to 8 pm on April 12. NUNU chocolates can be ordered via email ahead of opening day at 10 percent off. Owners Johanna and Oscar are also holding an introductory class on cupping — coffee tasting — from 1 to 2 pm.

The class costs $15, and those interested in attending can register by emailing Johanna or Oscar at tintobrooklyn.com. The shop will serve and sell its own house blend roasted in Brooklyn. All the details on the ground opening are here on Tinto’s facebook page.

Tinto Cafe Opening Soon on Nostrand Avenue [Brownstoner] GMAP

04/03/14 2:00pm


Kinjo opened last week at 1 Greene Avenue at the corner of Fulton and South Oxford in Fort Greene. The restaurant serves a fusion of Japanese, Asian and Western dishes, including fresh seafood, as well as cocktails and sake.

Menu items include an oyster of the day, shrimp cocktail, sushi, a mini corn dog, pork belly confit cooked on a hot stone, and mochi ice cream. Has anyone tried it? GMAP

04/02/14 2:00pm


A movie making school for kids called Automatic Studios has opened at 30 John Street in the new Made in New York Media Center in Dumbo, DNAinfo reported. Classes will cover script writing, editing and visual effects, among other topics.

The first series of classes for ages 8 to 14 starts later this month. The cost is $600 for nine classes. A week-long summer day camp starts in June and costs $675.

New Dumbo Classes Teach Kids to Make Movies [DNAinfo] GMAP
Photo by Made in New York Media Center


Brooklyn cafe and restaurant owner Alexander Hall is opening two more Australian-style cafes, one in South Slope and the other in Bed Stuy. Both will be called Brunswick, after a neighborhood in Melbourne, his home town, which is known for its great cafe scene, he said.

Like cafes in Australia, they will offer good coffee, table service, newspapers, and modern decor, he said. Both will be casual and welcome children.

The location at 240 Prospect Park West, on the border of South Slope and Windsor Terrace, will open in the next few weeks. The cafe at 144 Decatur, whose storefront faces Marcus Garvey, above, will open May 12.

Items on both menus will include organic poached eggs, granola, salads, paninis, and pastries and biscuits made at Hall’s Lower East Side cafe, Bluebird Coffee Shop. Both will be open from 7:30 am to 6 pm and serve breakfast and lunch.

The cafe at 144 Decatur will be quite large, with seating for 48 people. It is being gut renovated right now. A bar will be fashioned out of 140-year-old pine found in the space. There will be an open kitchen and banks of windows running along the side and back of the space. The building is landmarked.

Hall also owns Prospect Heights cafe Milk Bar and Crown Heights restaurant Sunshine Co. He is also opening another cafe on the Lower East Side, Rosella Coffee Shop.