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Just as Crown Heights dug itself out of the snowstorm, an outpost of the Harlem-based Manhattanville Coffee opened its doors Wednesday at 167 Rogers Avenue, on the corner of St. Johns Place. It is serving sandwiches, pastries and parfaits, in addition to coffee and tea. In the next few weeks, salads and soups will be added to the menu. The hours are 6:30 am to 8 pm on weekdays and 8 am to 8 pm during the week. Click through to see the interior. GMAP



When we were strolling Atlantic Avenue this past weekend, we noticed newcomer Boomwich doing a brisk business. It specializes in heroes, and the menu includes buffalo chicken, cheese steak, cubano, reuben and falafel heroes. The sandwich shop opened at 311 Atlantic Avenue just before Thanksgiving. It’s located between Smith and Hoyt. Anyone been? GMAP


The latest in the Bed-Vyne mini-empire, Bed-Vyne Cocktail, is getting ready to open at 305 Halsey Street in the old Mac’s Landing spot any day now. When we ran into one of the owners two weeks ago, he said they were planning to “soft open” at the end of the month. The official opening night is set for Sunday, February 15. (Proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Bedford Stuyvesant YMCA.) Click through to see the announcement.

Bed-Vyne Wine and Brew Opening Craft Cocktail Bar on Halsey in Bed Stuy [Brownstoner] GMAP (more…)


French eyeglasses maker Anne & Valentin opened last week at 200 Smith Street in Carroll Gardens, a spokesperson let us know. Its frames, which come in unusual shapes and colors, such as pink metal and two-tone acetate, are made in France.

Smith Street is becoming quite the district for high-end opticians. The store joins a growing number in the area, including James Leonard at 309 Smith Street and Moscot at 159 Court Street. Pardon Me For Asking was the first to write about the new store. GMAP

Photo by Anne & Valentin

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A dessert-and-cocktails spot is coming to Crown Heights, although Butter & Scotch will serve savory snacks too when it opens Saturday at 818 Franklin Avenue. Co-owners (and former Smorgasburg vendors) Allison Kave of First Prize Pies and Keavy Blueher of Kumquat Cupcakery have assembled a menu with cakes, pies, housemade sodas, and other dishes, including caramel corn in “cocktail” flavors and pie shakes. The duo will open their doors from 5 pm to midnight this Saturday and Sunday, with more extended hours coming next week, according to their website. DNAinfo wrote about the new venture in March. GMAP

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Elsie’s Doughnut Shop has unfolded its awning and begun serving coffee and doughnuts at 1031 Bergen Street. They held a friends and family event on Saturday, and they opened to the public on Monday.

Current flavors include glazed with lemon zest and honey, frutti di bosco (“fruit of the forest”) topped with blackberries and candied orange rind, butterscotch with salted peanuts, caramello e cocco featuring caramel and toasted coconut, confettura di fichi with fig jam, mascarpone and toasted almonds, and cioccolato e amarene with dark chocolate and amarena cherries. There are also apple cider doughnuts, with and without gluten.

A single doughnut is $2.50, a half dozen is $12, and a dozen $22. The owner tells us the full menu will launch Sunday and include scones, more flavors of gluten-free doughnuts, cold brew and juice. 

Crosby Coffee Owner to Open a Doughnut Shop in Crown Heights in January [Brownstoner] GMAP

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A restaurant called Marga Mex is replacing The Spot at 417 Prospect Place in Prospect Heights, according to this sign we spotted on the storefront. The American restaurant at Prospect and Grand Avenue had been a neighborhood mainstay since it opened in 2008. Does anyone know when it closed, or have any more info about the Mexican restaurant? GMAP


The White Castle at 959 Atlantic Avenue in Clinton Hill closed up shop about two weeks ago, a tipster let us know. “I’m devastated!!!” she wrote. When we went by this morning, a chain fence enclosed the property and the door was boarded up.

In December, longtime owner 86 Lefferts Corp. filed an application for a demo permit. The company owns other commercial properties in Brooklyn. No other applications for building permits have been filed.

White Castles have been closing all over Brooklyn. The ones at 531 Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill and 781 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg will be replaced by apartments. By our count, there are five left.

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White Castle Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP



We hear Simplicity Wine Bar at 310 Malcolm X Boulevard in Bed Stuy is closed, due to a fire Sunday. The owners say they hope to reopen soon.

Here’s a message from their Facebook page: “With heavy hearts, the Simplicity owners, staffers and team members will be closed due to fire, smoke and water damage. We are diligently working to come back better and stronger in the New Year. Happy & safe Holidays to all!”

A Wine Bar Opening Soon in Bed Stuy [Brownstoner]  GMAP


Longtime Clinton Hill restaurant Maggie Brown had its last day Sunday, January 4, according to a reader who was a regular there. When we stopped by 455 Myrtle Avenue this morning, there was paper over the windows and workers were renovating the interior.

We hear another restaurant is going in, but workers could not tell us anything about the plans for the space. Maggie Brown was known for brunch and comfort food, such as fried chicken and meatballs. Located between Washington and Waverly avenues, the building has not recently changed hands, according to public records. GMAP