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.
If it’s going to be anything like Brooklyn Standard, it will have an extensive menu of freshly prepared food as well as upscale grocery items. A Brooklyn artisanal dream come true, Brooklyn Standard features small-batch takes on bodega classics, such as Stumptown coffee, a quinoa salad, a vegan banh mi sandwich with tofu, McClure’s Pickle Chips, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, Mrs. Meyers cleaners, and goat cheese.
Brooklyn Standard founder Cody Utzman sold the business in 2013, according to Greenpointers, and we don’t know the identities of the current owners. It has two locations, in Greenpoint and Williamsburg.
The worker declined to estimate when the cafe would open, but we’d give it at least six months.