Good news for folks who live in Boerum Hill. Looks like the former Met Foods at 205 Smith Street is going to become another supermarket, according to a Brownstoner reader who spoke to a construction worker at the site.

Building plans filed last year reveal the owner is adding a second floor to the building, and both stories will be stores.


Park Slope’s 5th Avenue is getting a new seasonal American restaurant with a wood-fired oven at its center, a Brownstoner reader has told us. We initially thought it would be the high-end, custom-built Stefano Ferrara oven used by the space’s previous tenant, the pizza spot Brooklyn Central, which closed last summer. But a representative for the restaurant told Brownstoner there is a new one, also custom-built, on its way.


The long-anticipated Flemish brasserie Witlof from Radegast Hall’s owners opened at 292 Bedford Avenue two weeks ago. When Brownstoner happened by Friday night, the restaurant was doing a brisk business, with patrons spilling out to tables on the sidewalk.

The restaurant’s polish and classic decor, with distressed iron decorative panels and Edwardian-style windows with gold lettering, is a big change for this corner. The venue’s prominent corner entrance is once again elegant, after decades of being boarded up and covered in graffiti.


A new falcon-themed bar is opening at 191 Smith Street in Carroll Gardens this Saturday, September 19. Created by the team behind Gowanus’s Bell House and Park Slope’s Union Hall, Fawkner is, according to a press release, “Falconry meets exceptional bar food and craft beer in a casual setting.”

The 2,300-square-foot space has a 25-foot bar, fireplace, nooks and a backyard. Menu items include a fried chicken Sandwich and boudin blanc. Fawkner’s interior design is partially inspired by wings of the American Museum of Natural History and 1940s-era travel advertisements.


A Brownstoner reader emailed us this juicy tidbit about the bar and restaurant replacing Celestino at 562 Halsey Street in Bed Stuy:

I have some news for East-Bed Stuy/ Stuy Heights readers. My neighbor, my wife and I passed by the old Celestino location on Halsey and Stuyvesant ave on Monday night and to our surprise the lights were on! We went in and had a drink. The bartender and someone else who was possibly the owner/manager were very nice and welcoming. We were told that the space is a bar (full liquor license) that will eventually serve small plates/tapas and is tentatively called “Stuy Bar.” To our eyes, the interior/exterior have not been changed since it was Celestino.