An interesting bit of information came out of a recent Brooklyn Eagle article about Shake Shack construction finally beginning on Flatbush Avenue between Fifth and Pacific: a space about a block away at 208-210 Flatbush, between Bergen and Dean, will next be home to a very intriguing-sounding restaurant.
Landlord Michael Pintchik told the Eagle that a “very successful Manhattan restaurateur” will be taking it over, opening a a “Brooklyn-centric” restaurant. “People are going to be very pleased with our choice,” he added.
The last time Pintchik said something similar to this was back in 2011, when he told me that "something everyone's familiar with, and that everyone will love" would be moving into a space farther up the avenue, which turned out to be the new Franny's.
So what's coming? I've reached out to the always-cagey Pintchik, who hasn't yet responded with any more details. To get the guessing game started, here's a list of some successful Manhattan restaurateurs:
Mario Batali/ Joe Bastianich
Michael White/ Altamarea Group
April Bloomfield/ Ken Friedman
Any more ideas? For some reason, I'm thinking a big, upscale pizza place, along the lines of Pulino.