Bed Stuy Bar Will Draw on Greenmarket Ingredients for Cocktails and Street Food


Two women with lots of local restaurant experience plan to open a bar in Bed Stuy serving “urban street food” that will use organic produce from local greenmarkets “whenever possible.” Khemistry is aiming for a late summer or early fall opening at 216 Malcolm X Boulevard.

There will also be craft beers and “updated classic cocktails” made with fresh-squeezed juice. Co-owner Shana Cooper will be the chef and co-owner Kristen Amendola will tend the bar.

Amendola worked at Peaches and has a degree in math from Columbia. Cooper previously worked at IBM, Kellogg’s, and Hewlett Packard. She trained as a chef at Cordon Bleu in Chicago. She and her husband have run several pop-up food places, including one at the now-defunct Dekalb Market where they served lobster mac and cheese and fish tacos. They will also be offering food related internships to local youths.

The business has nothing to do with the Kemistry Lounge and nightclub that was planning to open near Barclays Center some years ago. The name refers to the synergy between them, they said.

Monday night, Community Board 3 voted to send a letter of recommendation for their liquor license application. GMAP

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