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Tuesday
Apr222014

Trois Pommes, A'Putia Closed for Business on Fifth

As expected, Trois Pommes Patisserie has shut down, leaving the neighborhood after 7 years on Fifth between Garfield and Carroll due to a rent hike. The now-vacant space is on the market for $8,500/month; meanwhile, owner Emily Isaac is on the lookout for a space in a less-expensibe neighborhood.

A couple blocks away, between Lincoln and Berkeley, A'Putia has also closed down. The four month-old Sicilian bakery specialized in cannoli made with sheep's milk ricotta, and replaced under-the-radar gelato favorite Caramello (we'll forget that Cafe Saint Edesia was also open inside the space for about a week).

Tuesday
Apr152014

Dizzy's Turns Back Room into Internet Cafe

The back room at Dizzy's, which fronts onto President Street with three French doors and several skylights, is now being used during the day as an internet cafe.

The space was previously home to Cabana bar, a Latin-influenced offshoot of Playa (which occupied the corner spot on Fifth where Dizzy's is now), and after that it became a little-used private room for Comida, the upscale Mexican restaurant that replaced it in November 2010 and closed 15 months later. Dizzy's has used the space as a private party room and for overflow crowds since it opened almost exactly two years ago, but now on Mondays through Fridays from 8 am to 5 pm it's open as an internet cafe.

The full menu is available, and it's cash-only. Shame that this is actually one of the most attractive private spaces in the neighborhood, but it remains woefully underused.

Photo via Park Slope Stoop

Thursday
Apr102014

Eric Shoes, Pure Essentials Open up on Fifth


Second outposts of two local businesses have opened next door to one another inside two newly renovated storefronts on 5th Avenue between President and Carroll Streets: Pure Essentials, which has been open on the corner of 7th Avenue and Second Street for the past 5 years, opened a couple weeks ago, and Eric Shoes, which has been open on 7th between Second and Third Streets since 2008, opened yesterday.

Pure Essentials is more of a health and beaury shop than a pharmacy, specializing in hair care, skin care, over-the-counter medicines, and baby products. Next door, Eric Mudick has opened a second location of his popular shoe shop Eric (formerly Girl on Seventh). The merchandise is essentially the same as the other location, classic and high-quality with an emphasis on smaller brands.

Tuesday
Apr082014

Calexico Launches Delivery


The one thing that's been missing from the newly-opened Calexico (besides a liquor license, of course) has been delivery. Since opening in February they've been telling customers that delivery was on the way, and it finally started last Thursday. They suspended it yesterday to work out some kinks, but it's starting back up today for good, an employee told me.

There are two other brick and mortar locations of the Cal-Mex chain, which started as a cart in SoHo, and both of them deliver. Now you can enjoy your chipotle pork quesadillas with crack sauce, carne fries, and pollo asada tacos in the comfort of your own home.

Tuesday
Apr012014

Taco Santo Launches Brunch, Palo Santo Gets a New Sign

Some news from the Santo front: Taco Santo, the taco shop from Palo Santo chef/owner Jacques Gautier that opened on Feb. 1 and has been pretty much packed ever since, has rolled out brunch, according to a release. Available Saturdays and Sundays from noon on, the menu includes items like tacos placeros (eggs, rice & beans, avocado, and pickled jalapeños), tacos de confitillo (eggs, poblano, onions and tomatoes, above), huaraches, and several new quesadillas. It's inspired by what's sold at the Atlixco and Los Reyes markets in chef de cuisine Alejandro Bonilla's native Puebla, Mexico.

Across the street, the more upscale Latin-American restaurant Palo Santo (which has the same owner as Taco Santo, Jacques Gautier) just got a new sign that's quite a bit more visible than their previous one, and also reflects the style used on Taco Santo's sign.