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Thursday
Jun182015

Beauty Bar, Ollie & Ry Spaces On The Market

Two prime Fifth Avenue storefronts have appeared on Craigslist within the past couple weeks: Beauty Bar, the outpost of the popular mini-chain between Garfield and Carroll; and Ollie and Ry, the still-new bagel and sandwich shop a block further north.

Beauty Bar, which took over half of the space formerly occupied by Ozzie's Coffee in 2012, has a solid concept but never really found a niche in an area with no shortage of great watering holes. They recently started offering free hot dogs with every $10 purchase but put an end to that, but their $5 PBR tall boy and shot of Evan Williams deal is still a certified steal. It's one of the few storefronts with a frontage that's parallel to Fifth Avenue, making for a truly great space. The 1,400 square foot space is on the market for $8,500.

As for Ollie and Ry, this is one business that sadly seemed misguided from the get-go. The two chefs who opened it in February had a good idea — sell quality coffee, baked goods, bagels, and sandwiches inspired by their Korean and Chinese heritages — but the space never really came together, they didn't develop much of an online presence or buzz, and it just never found a footing. Which is a shame: these guys really know how to cook, and their house-cured salmon is among the best I've had. Hopefully they can find a place that allows them to make the most of their talents. The 2,400 square foot space (which includes a full kitchen, two walk-ins, and bagel-making equipment left over from its time as Bageltique) is available for $6,300, which isn't a bad deal.

Monday
Jun152015

What's Going on With Bierkraft?

Bierkraft has been one of the most popular spots in the neighborhood to grab some great beers and awesome sandwiches for years, but something very strange seems to be going on with them. 

First, the storefront was tightly locked yesterday, and Sunday is usually one of their most popular days. Second, their website has gone offline. Third, their usually very active Twitter account has been completely shut down. It still has an A rating from the Department of Health, so we know that's not the culprit. The lights are off, and nobody's home. 

The shop specialized in selling a huge selection of beers, and their growler station was consistently busy. Things got even better a couple years ago, when they received permits to serve beer on-premises and a seating area was added. If this is indeed the end of the road for Bierkraft, it'll be a major shocker, and a major loss for beer lovers. 

UPDATE: Many thanks to a couple tipsters for pointing me to their Instagram page, where they've just dropped their only hint about what's up: "Renovations are coming! Stay tuned in and turnt up."

Tuesday
May192015

Brooklyn Burgers & Beer Coming to AOC Bistro Space on Fifth

While walking down Fifth Avenue during their annual Fabulous Fifth Avenue Fair this past weekend, I noticed that temporary signage has gone up on the scaffolding around the under-renovation 259 Fifth Avenue, on the corner of Garfield Place (previously home to AOC Bistro). Called Brooklyn Burgers & Beer, the restaurant's focus will be "crazy good burgers and craft beer."

According to their Facebook page and a Craigslist listing, they're currently hiring and hope to be open by early June. A floorplan reveals that the restaurant will seat 32 at 12 tables and six more at the bar, and there will be outdoor seating as well. The decor is heavy on reclaimed wood and subway tile, and overall it looks like a pretty homey spot.

Just when you throught the Park Slope Burger Boom was over, here comes one more entrant, right in the heart of burger and beer central. Bonnie's Grill, which serves some of the best burgers in Brooklyn, is a block away, as is Pork Slope, which serves mighty good burgers as well as a great selection of craft beer (Good beer can be found right next door at High Dive as well, and Beauty Bar). Slightly further afield, Burger Bistro, 200 Fifth, and Stone Park all serve quality burgers, and that's just Fifth Avenue. Needless to say, the market for both burgers and beer in Park Slope is certainly saturated, so these guys' product must be spectacular, with a clear differentiation from the competition.

Monday
May042015

Bar 718 Owner Opening New Bar in Black Sheep Space

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It's been a couple months since Black Sheep Pub and Cyprus Avenue, two adjacent bars from the same owner on the corner of Fifth and Bergen, closed for good. It looks like at least one of those spaces is going to remain a bar; the owners of Bar 718, further down Fifth Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Streets, will be opening a new bar in the former Black Sheep space.

Many thanks to a tipster for noticing that a liquor license application was discussed at the most recent CB6 meeting. The narrow fove year-old Bar 718 is a popular low-key neighborhood spot, with a solid beer list, good cocktails, and ample wine selection, and sports (and Mad Men) on the TV. Black Sheep was a good neighborhood bar, and this looks like it'll be following in its footsteps. No word on what's to come of the former Cyprus Avenue, though.

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.