Open and Shut


    North Brooklyn
    Fornino has marked its territory in Greenpoint! Signage went up just yesterday on the second Fornino location under construction at 847 Manhattan Avenue. The first Fornino is located on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, and they will also operate in Brooklyn Bridge Park this summer. The owner told us that this Greenpoint location should be open by the summer. And over in Williamsburg, Old Fellows Ice Cream Co. will open this summer at the corner of North Third Street and Kent.

    Park Slope
    On Monday evening the new, larger Franny’s space opened at 348 Flatbush Avenue. The menu’s the same but there are twice as many seats and a downstairs room that can be reserved for private parties and larger groups. The owners will open an Italian joint, called Marcos, in the old Franny’s space this spring. Baluchi’s, the Indian restaurant on Fifth Avenue, was shuttered by the Department of Health. This is the second time it’s happened in a two year period. Here’s Park Slope hears a rumor that Brooklyn-born actress Debi Mazar and husband Gabriele Corcos are eyeing the old Fornino space to open a new restaurant. Popular microbew destination Beer Table is expanding to a unannounced larger location in the neighborhood, where they will have a full kitchen and more seats. And Tommy’s Famous Cheesesteaks and Pizza will open in the South Slope in the next few weeks.

    Fork in the Road takes a tour of just-reopened pizza joint Totonnos in Coney Island. Also in Coney, the New York Aquarium has set a date to reopen: May 25. Brooklyn Slate Company, a cheese board and coaster purveyor, has opened a Red Hook showroom at 305 Van Brunt Street. A tea and coffee spot called Teafee opened at 517 Court Street in Carroll Gardens. Their grand opening celebration will be Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14. In Downtown Brooklyn, a pub and restaurant called the Brooklyn Brewhouse opened on Duffield Street just off Fulton Mall. In Clinton Hill, the Tibetan shop 21 Tara moved from Clinton Avenue to 388 Myrtle Avenue. And the Kohl’s department store in Bensonhurst reopened last Sunday after having to shutter from Sandy.

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