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]


New bar King Tai opens tonight in a formerly decrepit garage at 1095 Bergen Street in Crown Heights. The decor theme is “1940s island vacation,” the owners told us, with shell-shaped vintage lighting, pastel colors, ceiling fans, and windows all around.

The name comes from a Chinese American fish restaurant that occupied the spot decades ago. (Check out the old photo on the bar’s website!) Owners Palmer Thompson-Moss and Dane Risch picked the building, which they bought in 2013, because of its width and site overlooking the community garden at 110 Bergen Street, they said.

Located between Nostrand and New York avenues, King Tai will be open from 5 pm to 2 am weekdays and from 4 pm to 4 am on weekends. DNAinfo was the first to write about the opening. Click through to see the interior.

Bar Takes Shape in Crown Heights Garage [Brownstoner] GMAP
Photos by King Tai



We noticed some paper up in the window of a recently redone corner space at 572 Grand Street in Williamsburg when we passed by Thursday. A peek inside revealed what appeared to be a setup for a cafe, with an l-shaped counter, shelves for pastries, and an espresso machine. A sign inside says “Bustle & Flow Cafe & Bistro.”

We’re not sure if it’s coming or going: It opened December 4, according to the cafe’s Facebook page, but then shut down a month or two later, according to reviews on Yelp. Was this a test run? A sign on the front door says “Grand Opening Coming Soon.”

Menu items include waffles, grilled cheese, soup, salad, and pastries, according to Facebook. Click through to see the interior through the window and a closeup of the sign on the door. GMAP


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The owner of Prospect Heights bar Bearded Lady on Washington Avenue plans to expand with a bar at 722 Nostrand Avenue in Crown Heights. There will be food as well, such as nachos, ceviche, quesadillas and tacos, and a selection of sandwiches that includes lobster and shrimp rolls, hot dogs and pulled pork.

Community Board 8′s full board supported the bar’s liquor license application last month, but the State Liquor Authority doesn’t seem to have processed the application yet. It will have a backyard that closes at 10 pm Sunday through Thursday and midnight Friday and Saturday, and the indoor space will stay open until 4 am at the latest. GMAP


When we passed by 253 Livingston Street in Downtown Brooklyn recently, we noticed big signs in the windows promising “IHOP coming soon 2015.” Another International House of Pancakes nearby, at 276 Livingston Street, shut down in 2014 to make way for TF Cornerstone’s big development at 33 Bond Street. The new location was slated to open in November, according to an article in the Brooklyn Eagle last year. GMAP