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Monday
Oct062014

“Modern Vietnamese Gastropub” Coming to Brooklyn Fish Camp Space

Brooklyn Fish Camp closed up shop after 10 years on Fifth between St. John's and Lincoln last month, and the 1,200-sqare foot space has already been rented. According to The Daily Meal, an as-yet-unnamed "modern Vietnamese gastropub" will be the next tenant.

Here's where it gets good: the duo behind the restaurant, Lien and Edward Lin, spent most of their careers with one of San Francisco's best modern Vietnamese and Asian, in general restaurants, The Slanted Door. Lien spent the past ten years there rising from line cook to executive sous chef, and Edward ran the kitchen at sister restaurant Out the Door and oversaw operations for the parent company, The Slanted Door Restaurant Group.

No more details are currently available, but by all accounts this seems pretty promising.

Thursday
Sep252014

"Jackets and Jeans" Pop-Up Coming to Trois Pommes Space on Fifth

The space that was the longtime home of Trois Pommes Patisserie has been sitting empty since closing in April of this year, with an asking price of $8,500/month. Many thanks to Warren Lewis real estate salesman Jeffrey Kessler, the broker for the space, for letting me know that a pop-up store called only "Jackets and Jeans Sample Sale" will soon be opening there, and will move out after their three month lease is up.

The original listing called for a 5-year lease, so this is certainly unexpected. With more expensive spaces with comparable square footage sitting empty for much longer than this one, this may be a sign of what we can expect in the future.

Wednesday
Sep172014

Luke's Lobster Finally Makes it Official on Fifth

It was a little over a year ago when Luke's Lobster, one of the city's most popular spots for lobster rolls, first told me that they were planning on opening a location in the neighborhood, and seven months since they confirmed that they were heading to 237 5th Avenue, between Berkeley and Carroll. Little to no work has actually taken place inside the space since then, however, leading some to believe that the deal had fallen through, but now the plywood has come down and Luke's-branded construction paper has gone up in the windows.

A rep for the company told me a couple months ago that the holdup was due to permitting issues, much like the ones that plagued Calexico (which still doesn't have a liquor license), and that as soon as the permits went through the buildout could take as little as a month. Last night he confirmed for me that the papers are indeed all in order, and that an opening date will be set soon.

Photo via Jay S.

Monday
Sep082014

Would You Eat at an All-Nutella Restaurant? And Is It Even Legal?

A Nutella-themed restaurant called Nutelleria is slated to open soon on 5th Avenue between St. Marks and Warren (in the space last occupied by a cell phone store), and if nothing else, it sounds hilarious.

The owners, two guys named Andre and Gleb, are self-proclaimed "Nutella enthusiasts" who have a menu of crepes, croissants, breakfast pizzas, burritos, Nutella-bacon-banana waffle sandwiches, and more in the works, all using the popular chocolate-hazelnut spread, according to Park Slope Stoop.

They appear to have a fairly well-thought out business plan (there already seem to be Los Angeles and Miami locations in the works), but there's one potentially fatal flaw: its questionable legality. Ferrero, the parent company of Nutella, hasn't sanctioned the use of their name or likeness, and can potentially put a damper on the enthusiasm with one cease-and-desist letter. The company so far hasn't publicly commented on it, but you can only imagine that they're plotting a course of action, especially because there's already an officially-sanctioned Nutella Bar in Eataly.

Any legal experts out there care to chime in?

Photo via Instagram

Wednesday
Sep032014

Burger Village, Organic Burger Joint, Coming to Cheeburger Space on Seventh

Out with the old burger, in with the new burger. The second location of Great Neck-based organic burger restaurant Burger Village will be opening in the space last occupied by Cheeburger Cheeburger, on Seventh Avenue and Third Street. Many thanks to a tipster for sending the below photo of a sign that's gone up in the window.

Burger Village's offerings seem to be about as high-quality (and high-minded) as it gets, with a whole page devoted to explaining the virtue of the ingredients. All meats are organic, grass-fed and cage-free, the produce is local and organic, breads are all-natural and handcrafted, the dairy is from grass-fed cows, the beverages are sweetened only with natural cane sugar, and so on. Not to resort to stereotypes, but this place is perfect for Park Slope.

It's not just beef on the menu, either; there are also six-ounce bison, turkey, elk, ostrich, wild boar, salmon, and lamb patties, with grilled chicken sandwiches, a BLT, and a hot dog rounding out the meat options. There are also several "un-meat" burger options (mushroom, black bean, and veggie patties, all vegan), as well as sides like fries, onion rings, wings, and chicken tenders, salads, and shakes.

Burgers range from $10 (beef) to $13 (ostrich), with salads averaging $10 and vegan burgers costing $9. These prices are also taken from the Great Neck location's website, so they may change.

If all this sounds vaguely familiar, that's probably because it is: Bareburger is only two blocks away, and has a very similar menu, even down to the six-ounce patty size and meat options. Bareburger's menu is a bit more creative and expansive, but at the end of the day it appears as if their offerings are more or less identical, with a similar price point as well. Interesting decision to open a location so close to such obvious competition, but it could certainly attract some overflow from what's one of the most popular restaurants in the neighborhood.