Va beh', the little Italian cafe that opened in December of 2011 on Dean Street between Fifth and Flatbush Avenues, has closed. Here's the message that the owners, the husband and wife duo of Michele and Qiana Di Bari and their friend Andrea, posted to their website:
Quiana, Michele, and I would like to thank all of our loyal patrons for supporting this endeavor of ours.
It was one hell of a ride and we are so grateful to have been able to share this time with all of you.
A huge thank you to our committed team Greta, Remy (Remigio), Giada, Giovanna, Danny, Luigi, Carmine,
and many others, all of whom contributed to our success.
We have entrusted our beloved Va beh' to a dear colleague who we assure will deliver the same quality of dining and service.
My partners and I have moved on to explore new endeavors but will never forget this once in a lifetime experience.
Quiana, Michele, and Andrea
The small restaurant, which featured lots of marble and a garage door-style front wall that opened up to the street, had a nice selection of cheese and salumi, crostini, antipasti, homemade pastas, and desserts. While it was a cute space and the food was generally regarded to be good, it was also in an awkward location (in the shadow of the Barclays Center but obscured by the former Triangle Sporting Goods building), and the seating was communal, which sometimes works but didn't in this small space. The owners earned a reputation for being welcoming and friendly, and not afraid to give away a glass of prosecco or two.
It appears based on Yelp reviews that the "dear colleague" has opened a new restaurant in the space called Broccolini, but when I've walked by and called there hasn't been anyone home. The decor is reportedly about the same, and the menu has done away with the crostini and includes items like lasagna and gorgonzola gnocchi with walnuts.
Photo: Yelp/ Andrea A.