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Friday
Feb272015

Cyprus Avenue and Black Sheep Pub May be Closed for Good

Since Monday, both Cyprus Avenue, on the corner of Fifth and Bergen, and Black Sheep Pub, around the corner on Bergen, have been closed. A tipster let me know that they've also not been clearing the sidewalk in front of their storefronts, and all signs point to them being potentially closed for good.

A call to Cyprus, the cozy Irish pub that's been open since 2009, revealed that the number had been disconnected, never a good sign. And nobody's been answering the phone at Black Sheep Pub, the no-frills local bar that has the same owners (and kitchen) as Cyprus and has been open for even longer.

Both bars have surprisingly minimal internet presences. Both Black Sheep and Cyprus have never posted anything to their Facebook pages, and neither have websites or Twitter handles, so it's always been very difficult to get in touch with the owners (in 2012 Cyprus closed unexpectedly for about two months for "minor renovations," and no explanation was ever offered). Because the owners are essentially impossible to contact, we'll just have to wait and see whether the bars re-open. I'll keep on it, but considering the fact that both of the bars are closed at the same time for the first time ever, the odds of them opening exactly as they were appear to be slim.

Thursday
Jan222015

Open for Business: Miti Miti Taperia, 138 Fifth Avenue

The owners of the popular Bogota Latin Bistro have quietly opened their latest venture, Miti Miti Taperia, on Fifth Avenue between Butler and Douglass, in the space last occupied by bar Voodoo Lounge.

The cool and colorful front room is dominated by an undulating bar on one side and a funky mural on the other, and the back dining room has a fair amount of seating, with mismatched chandeliers, exposed brick, and a turquoise banquette. It's definitely a funky space, and when it gets dark out the magenta lights come on.

There's a nice assortment of cocktails ranging from $11-13, sangria, and a handful of beer, cider, and wine.

Onto the food. The opening menu is still limited (smart while the kitchen is still getting up to speed), and is devoted to small plates intended to be shared. There's a predominantly Spanish influence, but there are also some Asian and Middle Eastern-inspired options. Bar snacks include pan con tomate, deviled eggs with bacon, guacamole, shishito peppers, and frito mixto; tapas options include tortilla Espanola, garlic chorizo, lamb meatballs, and Korean pork belly tacos; there's a small selection of cheese and charcuterie; as well as a few salads and desserts. Bar snacks average about $6, tapas ranges from $5-16. "Paellas, seafood, lamb, rabbit, steaks, and vegetables" are all on their way, according to the website.

If time has told us one thing, it's that the Bogota team knows what they're doing; that place is hopping just about every night. While the design of Miti Miti channels some of that spirit, it's a much smaller space with a different energy, but something tells me that this "taperia" should have no trouble drawing a similar crowd.

Miti Miti Taperia, 138 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217. Phone: 718-230-3760

Photos via Facebook.

Friday
Jan162015

Elberta Restaurant & Bar Seized by Taxman

Elberta, the New American restaurant on Flatbush Avenue opposite Seventh that opened in July 2012, was seized by the state for nonpayment of taxes last night. The restaurant was run by the same owners as previous occupants Heights Coffee and the short-lived Velvet Peach Cafe, the husband-and-wife duo of Erica Phillips and Irwin Caesar.

The restaurant had loyal clientele, but may have overextended itself; it expanded into the adjacent space last year as a private party room but closed that down after a "grand closing party" on New Year's Eve.

Wednesday
Jan142015

Loki Lounge Reopens in Half of Previous Space

Loki Lounge, the bar that's been on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Second Street since 1999, closed up shop a couple months ago, about eight months after the owners put the space on the market. They didn't close for good, however; while about two-thirds of the space (facing Fifth Avenue) is still for rent, the remaining space, accessible via a staircase around the corner on Second Street, has reopened with a brand new concept.

The cozy new space, above, is certainly an improvement from the rather dour previous one, and the owners probably should have given it a new name to separate it from its past. There's plenty of exposed brick, a working fireplace, and light woods, with a bar that seats eight and a handful of tables. There's a solid selection of craft cocktails made with fresh-made juices, as well as a food menu of small bites and sandwiches that looks pretty good: dishes include soy-glazed chicken wings, bay scallop tacos, BBQ pork sliders, lamb flatbread with olives and gryuere, a burger, a shaved Italian beef sandwich, fried baby chicken, and cheese and charcuterie, topping out at $13.

The new bar is a little difficult to find, hiding behind a small door with no sign, but it's hard to argue that it's not an imprevement from its previous incarnation.

Friday
Dec192014

Die Koelner Bierhalle Seized for Nonpayment of Taxes

Die Koelner Bierhalle (The KBH), the gigantic German beer hall on St. Marks Place just east of Fourth Avenue, has been seized by the NYS Dept. of Taxation and Finance for failure to pay taxes. Many thanks to tipster Chloe for sending in the above photo, of the infamous orange sign in the locked-up doorway. According to the government's online database, there's a lien on the property for more than $23,000.

The beer hall opened in August 2012, and was the largest drinking establishment in the neighborhood. There was a solid selection of German beer and sausages, but the vibe has always been a little off, largely idue to the cold and industrial space, spotty service, and somewhat depressing mood. It never really attracted neither a regular clientele nor the Barclays crowd.

The space was rarely empty but also rarely full (save for the World Cup final, when the line to get in stretched to the corner), but it never appeared to be doing exactly well. I'd be very interested in seeing if it re-opens.