When Park Slope’s venerated Tea Lounge closed in December of 2014, the neighborhood mourned the 14-year-old super sized coffee shop, full of double strollers and comfy couches, with anguished fervor.
After more than a year of quiet, the 3,800-square-foot space at 837 Union Street reopened as Sir D’s Lounge Thursday. The name and the management are different, but co-owner David Dixon says the shop will have a similar energy to the spot’s former tenant, where patrons lingered over coffees.
David and his brother Christopher, the site’s new managers, were certainly familiar with the Tea Lounge, having run Dixon’s Bicycle Shop, located just across the street, for the past 25 years.
After the Tea Lounge’s former owner decided to close the space, the Dixon brothers began getting push from the community to start it again. “Neighborhood people just kept coming to my dad and me and my brother and saying we love the Tea Lounge and we want something like that to come back and you guys should try it,” David said in a phone interview.
Building on the Tea Lounge’s cozy comfort food menu, Sir D’s is serving up a similar slate of breakfast pastry options — muffins, croissants, baked goods — a variety of coffees, teas and lattes, as well as some hardier fare like paninis, sandwiches, cocoa bread and Jamaican style beef patties, delivered daily from the Bronx’s Royal Caribbean Bakery.
This last menu item allows Sir D’s to fill the place of a second recently shuttered neighborhood institution: Christie’s Jamaican Beef Patties, a nearby Flatbush Avenue establishment that also broke hearts when it went out of business in 2014.
As for the name — Sir D’s — David says it is his father’s nickname in Jamaica, where the elder Dixon currently lives.
[Photos via Sir D’s]