A new ice cream shop is coming to 115 Montague Street, almost directly across from the country’s first Haagen Dazs. Emack & Bolio’s is a rock-n-roll themed chain originating in Boston.

They’ve taken the space that was vacated by Connecticut Muffin earlier this year after the rent got too d*mn high. Curious peepers can see purple-painted columns above the brown paper. (more…)


Boerum Hill is a little less buttoned down now, thanks to the Jerkface street art adorning what will soon be designer Steven Alan’s third shop on the corner of Atlantic and Hoyt Street in Boerum Hill. Steven Alan Optical, the company’s first standalone eyewear store, plans to open Thursday in a former garage at 83 Hoyt Street, behind the Atlantic Avenue women’s store.

Until now, eyewear occupied a corner in some of the clothing shops.  (more…)


A wave of new dining options is hitting Bed Stuy, and tomorrow, the neighborhood will gain a new Haitian restaurant. Grandchamps is set to open Tuesday at 197 Patchen Avenue on the corner of Halsey, in a former bodega space.

It will also serve as a cafe in the mornings and it will sell groceries. We chanced by over the weekend and saw workers inside and a welcoming sign out front. The venue will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. (more…)


Longtime Clinton Hill residents Alicia and Daniel Mekelburg are prepping to open a gourmet grocery and eatery with a full bar and a backyard in the basement of an apartment building at 293 Grand Avenue in Clinton Hill. They’re aiming for this Sunday, June 14.

There’s nothing quite like Mekelburg’s in the neighborhood — or, for that matter, in Brooklyn. It most closely resembles Eataly, we think, but it’s more of a neighborhood place because it’s much smaller (about 3,000 square feet). (more…)


A French wine bar serving small plates hopes to open in the old Celestino space at 562 Halsey Street in the next month or so, the owner told us Monday night. It will be called Stuy Restaurant and serve salads, panini sandwiches and cheese plates.

The owner is French and also operates Cafe Lafayette and a wine store in Fort Greene. (more…)


Pioneer Works’ Pioneer Books opened Sunday at 289 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook. The small store carries arts journals and vintage arts-related books.

It is an offshoot of Pioneer Works, the nonprofit arts and event space, located two blocks away on Pioneer Street.

The space appears to have at one time housed a bodega, going by old photos. Click through for a few more photos of the inside and the window display. GMAP (more…)


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…)

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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…)


A Dos Toros will be opening soon at 64 Court Street in Downtown Brooklyn. A tipster spotted signage up in the window this morning and sent this photo.

Located near Livingston Street, this will be the taqueria’s second location in Brooklyn. Dos Toros also has an outpost in Williamsburg, and five others in Manhattan.

The spot serves San Francisco Mission-style burritos. (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…)