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Monday
Jun032013

Closed for Business: SweetWolf's, 492 Sixth Avenue

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.

Photo via South Slope News

Thursday
May022013

Closed for Business: Fortune Ave Inc., 333 Flatbush Avenue

Fortune Avenue, the discount store on Flatbush Avenue between Park and Prospect, has closed. 

The shop specialized in household items, off-brand toiletries, toys, and furnishings, and the majority of items sold there were very inexpensive. I dropped in a couple times looking for basics like candles, but could never find exactly what I was looking for. With no shortage of places to find these types of items nearby (Duane Reade, Target, etc.), their furtune eventually ran out (sorry, couldn't resist). 

Monday
Apr152013

Closed for Business: Lilo Custom Tailor, 145 5th Avenue

The small tailor shop on Fifth between St. John's and Lincoln has shut down, a month after it was put up for sale.

Called Lilo (although you wouldn't know it by the sign), the shop apparently turned out some quality work but the operator developed a reputation for rude service and turning potential customers away. The Yelp reviews aren't pretty.

The for sale sign came down about a week before it closed, so we'll most likely know who the next tenant will be soon.

 

Friday
Apr122013

Closed for Business: Rachel's Tattoo and Beauty Salon, 467 5th Avenue

Rachel's Tattoo and Beauty Salon, which opened on Fifth Avenue between 11th and 12th Streets in January of 2011, closed down for good recently. The space is currently up for rent.

The parlor was certainly cool looking, a with a relaxed vibe, inexpensive haircuts, and a DJ frequently on duty, but the Yelp reviews pretty much tell the story. It gained a reputation for indifferent employees, botched haircuts, a desire to get the customer in and out as quickly as possible, and shoddy tattoo jobs. The shop never seemed to attract regular customers, and every time I walked by it was nearly empty. The windows got more and more cluttered with lettering over time as well, a sure sign that business was lacking.

I was intrigued by this place and its quirkiness when it first opened, and always liked its handmade sign. Shame that it seemed to fail in execution.

Tuesday
Mar262013

Closed for Business: Impeccable Attire, 172 Fifth Avenue

It only opened last November, but Impeccable Attire, the high-end t-shirt/ "street culture"-oriented apparel shop on Fifth between Degraw and Sackett, has already closed.

When it first opened, owner Wayne Fortune, a British transplant, told me that the merchandise, focused on the flagship $40 "Brooklyn Bloke" black and white t-shirt, would be "adult-oriented and classy, something you can wear in the evening." He kept his shop sparse and signless, apparently in an effort to keep it edgy and gallery-like, but it ended up just keeping it anonymous and curb appeal-free. The merchandise also didn't really have much of a market, which didn't help.

This storefront was the previous home to Fifth Eye Optix, and is presided over by a notoriously difficult landlord. Hopefully the next tenant has better luck.

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