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Thursday
Dec292011

The Park Slope Year in Review, Part II: What We Gained

Back on Tuesday we took a look at all the Park Slope businesses that shuttered within the past year. Below is its better half, a list of every new business that opened in the neighborhood in 2011.

It's been a hell of a year, especially if you're a foodie. You know what? I'd go so far as to say that 2011 has been the best year in the history of Park Slope dining. And in a year in which the fear of encroachment by national chains continued to creep further into the conversation, only five found their way into the neighborhood: Cheeburger Cheeburger, Petco, Goorin Hats, Five Guys, and Dunkin' Donuts. In fact, 17 of the 67 new businesses are honest-to-goodness mom and pop shops.

Which of this year's openings were you the most excited about?

Here's the full list:

January

Da Nonna Rossa

DNA Footwear

Rachel's Tattoo and Beauty Salon

February

Cheeburger Cheeburger

Nahm Thai Kitchen

Colombia in Park Slope

PSBklyn

March

Pete's Pizzeria Napoletana

April

Culture: An American Yogurt Company

Sky Ice

South Brooklyn Pizza

Ha Noi Vietnamese Kitchen

Butter Lane

Der Kommissar

Gear to Go Outfitters

Housing Works

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Thursday
Dec222011

O'Connor's Construction Really Coming Along

It's been a while since we last checked in with one of the city's best dive bars, O'Connor's, which has been getting an upgrade over the course of the past year or so.

The watering hole, just around the corner from the under construction Barclay's Center on Fifth near Dean, is renowned for its no-frills bar room, and thankfully it still remains untouched, aside from the removal of the ancient phone booth, which owner Mike Maher vows will return to its corner once construction is complete (He also claims that aside from new booths and stools, the bar room will thankfully remain the same).

Beyond that, construction on a giant back room is progressing, and when complete it will more than double the current bar's size. As you can see from the photo above, a second floor is also shaping up. It'll have a separate entrance, outdoor seating, and apparently a giant skylight.

A food menu is also in the works, along with plans for live music, and when all is said and done it'll be interesting to see if O'Connor's retains any of its ancient charm or comes across as just another Midtown-style Irish pub. One thing's for certain, though: at the moment those two floors are really incongruous.

Tuesday
Dec202011

New Bar in the Works for Fifth Avenue Near 15th Street

A bar is coming to 545 Fifth Avenue, between 14th and 15th Streets, in a storefront last occupied by a bodega (and before that, Gerry's Meat Market).

I met the owner, an Irishman named Colin, yesterday, and he told me that even though construction started early this year, it's progressed very slowly due to being shut down by the DOB for five months. They haven't settled on a final "theme" yet, and construction still has a ways to go, but he assured me that it would be "a great bar." It's a big space, too. Stay tuned for more details as they emerge.

Thursday
Dec152011

Lobo Shuttered by DOH

The city is wielding quite the hammer this week! On the heels of the closure of Gran Castillo, Oshima, and Los Pollitos II, Tex-Mex themed bar Lobo, on Fifth and Sackett, was shut down by the DOH yesterday. Many thanks to a tipster for letting me know that the infamous yellow signage has struck again.

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Thursday
Dec082011

A Walk Through Talde, Inching Closer to Opening

I stopped in earlier today and had a chat with restaurateur David Massoni and chef Dale Talde, the masterminds behind the much-anticipated "modern Asian" restaurant coming to the corner of Seventh Avenue and 11th Street, and while photography is still verboten (Massoni allowed me to take the above photo through the front window), the restaurant has certainly come together and is nothing short of gorgeous.

As an homage to its distant past as Rattigan's Bar, the front room will boast a sumptuous bar area, with the centerpiece above looming over the proceedings. The main dining room will be mostly taken over by booths, some which seat six and others which will seat four. There's a step up leading into the back room, which will feature additional seating (also doubling as a private party area), as well as an open kitchen with counter seating for an up-close view of the Top Chef alum and his team in action.

The smart layout would have been great unto itself, but the real showstopper here is the antique woodwork. Yes, that's right: antique woodwork. From out of left field comes one of the most gorgeous interiors of any restaurant to open in the neighborhood in a while, all thanks to some fortuitous antique hunting.

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