Open and Shut


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    Clinton Hill
    The patio at Cochinita on Fulton Street is open for the summer (see above!). And the newish Mexican taqueria now serves beer. They change the beer list up monthly with three variations: local, Mexican and gluten-free (currently Six Point, Negra Modelo, and Bard’s). They also have wifi.

    Park Slope
    The Brooklyn Paper reports that the Tea Lounge is aiming to expand into a possibly worldwide franchise, although no changes are planned for the flagship store on Union Street. New blog Park Slope Stoop writes that the Area Kids opening at 335 5th Avenue (the third for the neighborhood) will specialize in in kid’s footwear and haircuts. 5th Avenue’s Bierkraft plans to start brewing its own beer and selling it in-house. HPS reports that Park Slope Eatery shuttered after being repossessed by the landlord. It was open two years. And Elberta, (previously the Velvet Peach Cafe, and before that Heights Coffee) will open soon and serve southern food and cocktails.

    North Brooklyn
    The Times covers Roberta’s fancy new restaurant, Blanca, an open-kitchen restaurant serving only a tasting menu. Dinner costs $180 a person, excluding wine. Lingerie store Brooklyn Fox opened a new location in the neighborhood on North 5th Street. The shop, which previously sold strictly lingerie, now sells clothing, accessories, and shoes. Plans for a Hungarian restaurant on Newell Street in Greenpoint were pulled after community opposition. Free Williamsburg spots a liquor license application for Slick Willy posted at a long-abandoned building on the corner of Newell and Meserole.

    Eater hears a rumor that the owners of Buttermilk Channel are working on a new Southern restaurant for Brooklyn. The owners of ramen restaurant Chuko plan to open a sandwich shop, also in Prospect Heights. Brooklyn Brine on President Street are building a new pickle storefront in Gowanus. Locals pols held a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new HealthPlus Community Service Center open on Church Avenue. Also in Ditmas Park the Avon store at the corner of Cortelyou Road at Marlborough moved elsewhere on Cortelyou. A breakfast and lunch cafe opened on Kings Highway in Bensonhurst.

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