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A Caribbean-themed bar with all sorts of inventive cocktails opened in late July at 419 Tompkins Avenue in Bed Stuy.

Lovers Rock is across the street from BBQ joint Peaches Hothouse and around the corner from Bed Vyne Cocktail but its immediate block is mostly residential and, at the moment, teaming with the construction of big apartment buildings at 410 Tompkins and 420 Tompkins.

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Williamsburg dive bar Macri Park — which hosts weekly drink-and-draw events and drag queen bingo at 462 Union Avenue — closed last night with no prior warning, just a chalkboard sign out front that read, “Last day for Macri Park. Let’s Drink.”

According to Next Magazine, it will reopen on September 11 as a gay bar. (more…)

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Just a month after Stuy Heights’ first Mexican restaurant opened, Oaxaca Taqueria is prepping its 10th location a block away. When we passed by the corner of Halsey and Lewis recently, we saw the mini chain is putting in a colorful storefront at 478 Halsey Street.

The last we checked in, in January, one of the agents in the deal let us know the taqueria was in talks for the space, but had not yet signed a lease. The restaurant will open “in a couple of weeks,” he told us — late this month or in September. (more…)

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Marker Coffee opened for business about a month ago at 241 Rogers Avenue in Crown Heights. The husband-and-wife-owned coffee shop is also a bakery, making all its pastries fresh every morning.

The business offers six flavors of tea, two iced teas, cold brew, a full espresso bar, and coffee, of course. There are biscuits with raspberry jam, cheddar scallion scones, cranberry lime scones, croissants, cookies and croissants.
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Domo Taco just opened today at its new location at 733 Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights, according to a post on the company’s Facebook page. When we stopped by a few days ago, it looked close to opening.

Domo started as a taco truck. This is its first permanent location.

A liquor license is coming, according to a sign posted in the window. The menu is by no means straight-up Mexican but includes an asian twist, with items such as fish tempura, five spice pork, lemongrass chicken and teriyaki steak. (more…)

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After an arson fire in May 2014 forced it to close its bucolic cafe and farm stand in a Stuyvesant Heights stable and garden, Bread Love moved east. It opened July 4 at 1933 Fulton Street in a more conventional storefront — but there is still outdoor space in the backyard.

The hours and menu have expanded to include dinner as well as breakfast, lunch and brunch. Menu items change daily and prices are reasonable — a recent dinner was $12, including sides.

As before, there are grocery items, including free range eggs and organic produce from nearby farms, as well as house made baked goods. New is soft serve ice cream. (more…)

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Mon dieu. As we teased in our recent post on Paris Baguette, Downtown Brooklyn is about to get another French bakery. Maison Kayser, the artisanal “authentic Parisian” boulangerie, will open at 57 Court Street — the last vacant retail space at the base of the Brooklyn Municipal Building — in late September.

Brownstoner has the first renderings of the interior of the store, which will feature a 108-seat cafe “reminiscent of a Parisian bistro” in addition to a bakery counter with a selection of to-go items. Kayser’s famous bread will be hand-kneaded, shaped and baked on site.

“We wanted to bring the Maison Kayser experience to Brooklyn, a community rich with artisans and an appreciation of authentic cuisine,” a spokesperson for Maison Kayser told Brownstoner. (more…)

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MacDonough Cafe opened on the dividing line of Bed Stuy and Ocean Hill Tuesday, in a space that had been empty for years. The menu at 83 Saratoga Avenue includes light fare such as avocado toast, pasta, and cheese and fruit plates.

The space had been under renovation for more than a year, and before that was shuttered for about a decade.

It joins a handful of other recent newcomers within a few blocks of Saratoga Park in East Bed Stuy, such as Butch & CoCo and Grandchamps. It will be open from 7 to 6, the owner told us.

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A very large and potentially impressive cafe from the folks behind artisanal bodega Brooklyn Standard is under construction at 810 Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights. The extensive space is hidden behind a tall construction fence covered in eye-catching murals, just a block from beloved Brooklyn institution Tom’s Restaurant.

The name of the cafe is Longevity, according to a construction worker we spoke to when we stepped inside. The now-raw space has been gutted and takes up the entire ground floor of the building — 2,700 square feet in all, according to PropertyShark. There are at least three rooms and a couple of old brick fireplaces without mantels.
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Anticipated to be Bed Stuy’s first sit-down Mexican restaurant with a full bar, Tepache Mexican Grill was open for business Sunday afternoon at 361 Halsey Street in Bed Stuy when we happened by, and we were intrigued to see how it turned out.

It was fairly busy, considering the late afternoon hour, with at least three full tables and curious passerby stopping to peer inside and check out the menu posted on the window. (more…)

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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…)