SweetWolf's, the modern American restaurant that opened with much buzz on the corner of Sixth Avenue and 12th Street in November 2011, closed down for good on May 31. The restaurant confirmed the closure via a brief Facebook post:
"It is with regret and some sadness that I say to you SweetWolf's closed June 1. Short but memorable run, but I want to thank everyone who supported, and enjoyed this little neighborhood joint. Love Park Slope, I hope I was able to add a little character, and good times for those who came and checked us out."
The restaurant featured classic American comfort food, much of which was cooked in a custom-built 700-degree wood-burning brick oven. It had a lengthy and expensive buildout, and offered a menu of simply prepared dishes like roast chicken breast with radishes, shallot, fingerling potatoes and orange rosemary pan sauce, a very solid bacon fat-infused wagyu beef burger with sweet chili onions, aged gouda, and duck fat fries, and several dishes like barbecue pulled tempeh and gluten free mac and cheese geared torward those with dietary restrictions (indeed, they crowdsourced menu item suggestions via Facebook). The goal was to be the ultimate neighborhood restaurant.
Even though the food was widely regarded as being worthwhile, it had an off-the-beaten path location that didn't do it any favors, and the communal table-style layout was a bit awkward. It got a reputation for being pricey early on, even though over time the average entree pride dropped from about $25 to closer to $15. Co-Owner Tim Judge, who opened the restaurant with Eric Wolf, also left the restaurant last year.
Forty Weight Coffee Roasters, which operated the restaurant as a coffee shop in the mornings, also left about two months ago. Their coffee is still available at several bars and cafes, however, including Supercollider, which opened recently on Fouth Avenue between 17th and 18th Streets.
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