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Friday
Feb132015

Piccola Uva Moves into Tutta Pasta Space, Taqueria Las Rosas Grill Replacing It

Italian restaurant Tutta Pasta was put on the market last month, and the space has been snatched up by the same owner. There's some shuffling afoot on Seventh between First and Garfield; wine bar/ pizzeria Piccola Uva has moved across the street into the Tutta Pasta space, and a new taqueria called Las Rosas Grill will be moving into the former Piccola Uva space.

The owner of Tutta Pasta, Martino Pisani, opened Piccola Uva in November 2012 at 161 Seventh Avenue, serving pizza, pasta, and other Italian dishes, and he told me that while he quietly up and moved across the street earlier this week, some renovations are in store for the coming weeks.

As for the former Piccola Uva space, real estate agent Jeffrey Kessler passed along the tip that it has been leased to the owners of long-running neighborhood favorite Las Rosas Bakery, a 24-hour Sunset Park institution that specializes in tortas, tacos, tamales, pupusas, and baked goods like tres leches cake. Because of the small size and the name change to Las Rosas Grill we can assume that the bakery element will probably not be following them to Park Slope, but by the looks of it, this is going to be a welcome (and somewhat surprising) addition to the neighborhood.

An old-school lunch counter that's been in business for decades (it used to go by the name Lisette's), Las Rosas has a loyal following and is about as classic as it gets. We can only assume that many of the same menu items will be on offer here, adding some much-needed variety to a neighborhood whose only solid traditional taqueria is the Tacos Morelos truck on Union Street.

Bottom photo via Yelp

Tuesday
Feb032015

Buttermilk Bakeshop Opening New Location in Trois Pommes Space on Fifth

One bakery moves out, another bakery moves in. Nearly a year since Trois Pommes Patisserie moved out of its storefront at 260 Fifth Avenue (between Garfield and Carroll), there's some exciting news to report: A second, larger location of the incredibly popular Buttermilk Bakeshop, which opened nearly exactly a year ago on Seventh Avenue near Ninth Street, is coming to the space.

Run by pastry chef Katie Rosenhouse, Buttermilk specializes in cakes, pies, cupcakes, cookies, breakfast pastries, ice cream, and killer chocolate croissant bread pudding, all made fresh throughout the day. The original shop is only 300 square feet, so this 850 square foot space will be much roomier.

According to Rosenhouse, the new location will "have all the favorites from the Seventh Avenue shop, along with a variety of cakes available for pickup," and "the center of the bakery will be reserved for on-site baking classes," which will be taught often. There will still be room for a handful of tables and chairs.

If all goes to plan, the bakery should be open by early March at the latest.

Thursday
Jan292015

Brooklyn Lyceum Turning into — What Else? — Luxury Condos

Say farewell to the Brooklyn Lyceum as a public space. Crain's is reporting that the landmarked building on Fourth Avenue will be turned into two or three luxury condo units, with retail space on the ground floor. A 12-story building that will hold about 70 rental units will be constructed on the vacant lot next door.

The building, which has been a home for lots of local theatre and emerging artists in recent years, was auctioned off back in October after going info foreclosure, and real estate investment firm Greystone snatched it up for $7.6 million, along with the lot next door for an additional $13.5 million.

The building's facade is slated to be restored, albeit with retail access on the ground floor (CVS, anyone?), a process that can take some time because the Landmarks Preservation Commission will be involved, according to DNAinfo. If all goes to plan, the new apartments will be ready for their wealthy renters by early 2017.

Tuesday
Jan062015

Blue Bottle Coffee Coming to 203 Seventh Avenue

Happy New Year, Park Slope! Some good news to report for coffee lovers: Blue Bottle Coffee will be opening a location at 203 Seventh Avenue, between Second and Third Streets, in the space last occupied by Ocean Fish Market.

Eater is reporting that the Oakland, Calif.-based roaster, which opened its first New York location in 2010 after developing a rabid following on the West Coast, will be opening in the spring with a food menu, and that they'll also be taking advantage of the small outdoor space on the corner of Third Street.

Blue Bottle focuses on single-origin beans brewed within 48 hours of roasting, and they're fiercely dedicated to brewing coffee properly, and there are currently seven New York locations.

Tuesday
Dec162014

A Peek Inside Bricolage, Opening Soon in Brooklyn Fish Camp Space

About two months ago I first reported that a "modern Vietnamese gastropub" from veterans of one of the country's best Vietnamese restaurants would be opening at 162 Fifth Avenue (between St. Johns and Lincoln), in the space last home to Brooklyn Fish Camp. The restaurant has been given a name, and construction is moving along at a rapid clip.

A notice in the window revealed that Bricolage will be the name. The word means "a construction or creation from a diverse range of available things," which most likely reflects the philosophy. Not much in the way of details are currently available, but the duo behind the restaurant, Lien and Edward Lin, spent most of their careers with one of San Francisco's best modern Asian restaurants, The Slanted Door.

Construction was been moving at a brisk pace for the past several weeks, with workers inside the space on a near-daily basis. A look inside reveals that the layout appears to be similar to that of Fish Camp before it, with a narrow bar in front and dining room in the back. The color scheme is low-key, with lots of exposed brick and dark wood.

This restaurant's impending arrival has remained under the radar, but judging by the provenance of the chefs, I have a feeling that we're in for something good.