Open and Shut


    Vanishing New York notes that both a Dunkin Donuts and Subway signed leases for the renovated storefront on Flushing and Washington Avenues (above), formerly JJ’s Navy Yard. As VNY says: “Dunkin Donuts and Subway? It’s a double whammy of soul murder.”

    A psychedelic Asian-fusion restaurant opened at 475 Driggs Avenue, between North 10th and 11th Streets. Gothamist has some crazy pictures of the joint, named Fushimi, and calls the place a “gargantuan and batshit crazy Asian fusion restaurant that’s destined to totally blow late night yupster mind.” New restaurant Mercado on Kent is opening its market section of the restaurant this Friday and will offer breads, charcuterie and olive oil, among other things. Pillar and Plough, the restaurant at the Hotel Williamsburg, closed after two months. The reason seems unclear, but there has been word that the hotel is being sold to another owner. Finally a sewing and craft company, SEWMoni, is opening at 330 South Third Street, according to Here’s Williamsburg.

    Park Slope
    FIPS spots a We Buy Gold place pop up on 9th Street and asks: “Do we really need it?” Timboo’s closes tonight after decades of business in the neighborhood. Popular Tribeca wine bar Terrior is moving into the old Great Lakes spot on 5th Avenue. Kiku 2.0 opens this Thursday as an “Asian Bistro and Sake Bar.” It is replacing Babouche, the restaurant on 5th and Lincoln. Here’s Park Slope notes that Leaf and Bean says a teary farewell to their location at 85 7th Avenue, where they’ve been for 40 years. And Dinosaur BBQ, of Harlem, is expanding to 4th Avenue and Union. It’s the second BBQ joint that’s recently announced its coming to the neighborhood.

    The salad bar Bella Greens is open at 717 Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights. Egyptian-style coffee house Quartha is in negotiation to take over the Whisk space in Ditmas Park. Also in the neighborhood Cafe Madeline will have a new owner and a bar and Am Thai Bistro opens this Friday on Church Avenue. Idlewild Bookstore just opened on Warren Street in Cobble Hill. Also in the neighborhood, Moscot, the popular Manhattan eyeware store, opens next week! Indian restaurant Baluchi’s is opening on the north end of Henry Street near Cranberry Street in Brooklyn Heights, says McBrooklyn. The one and only Blockbuster left for Brooklyn lives in Bensonhurst. And a Roll-Your-Own Cigarette store (thought those were illegal?) opens in Sheepshead Bay.

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