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Bogota Owners Bringing Miti Miti Taperia to 138 5th Avenue

It was announced back in November that the owners of popular Latin restaurant Bogota would be opening a new arepa shop in the space on 5th Avenue between Butler and Douglass last occupied by Voodoo Lounge, but it appears as if the concept has changed: signage has gone up in the front window for a new restaurant called Miti Miti Taperia.

Miti Miti shares a name with a line of sauces and plantain chips owned by the same duo who own the perpetually-packed Bogota, Farid Ali Lancheros and George Constantinou, and judging by the name it looks like they've scrapped the arepa concept for one centered on tapas, which certainly works for me.

Here's a post about the new restaurant that was recently posted on Constant Contact:

"We are excited to share the news of our upcoming restaurant with an expected opening date of sometime in September of 2014.  Nine years in the making, Miti Miti Taperia will be located just a hop, skip and a jump away from our current location on 5th Avenue. The name comes from the spanish slang for "half and half" ("mitad y mitad"). The menu will consist of small and large plates meant to be shared. The Miti Miti experience is meant to evoke not just sharing of food, but sharing of good times, laughter, joy, friendship, great conversation, and memories. Yes, the concept will be different but the values that have made Bogota Latin Bistro a popular dining destination both within and outside of the community will remain the same."

I've reached out to Lancheros for additional details and will update if I hear back.


Facade Revealed, Signage Up at Flatbush Avenue Shake Shack

Construction has been progressing on the second Brooklyn location of Shake Shack, coming to Flatbush Avenue between Dean and Pacific Streets, since soon after the rumors were confirmed back in February, and it appears that they're getting ready to open.

The sidewalk shed has come down (revealing an attractive restoration of the facade, which had been covered with metal sheeting for decades) and signage has gone up.

The understated sign is standard for the chain, with a Neutraface font that will light up in neon. There's also a smaller burger-shaped vertical sign jutting from the brick at far left.

Meanwhile, the interior appears to be nearing completion. It looks like the majority of fixtures (including at least two televisions) have been installed, with just the finishing touches remaining. Here's a peek above the contstruction paper:

The entrance (at right) will most likely lead right up to the metal counter, with a large seating area to the left (with benches seating 4-6 along the far left wall) and more seating up against the front windows, facing the Barclays Center directly across the street.


Eleven Consignment Boutique to Open New Location Across the Street

Eleven Consignment Boutique opened their first Brooklyn location on the corner of Fifth and St. Marks last year, and it appears to be doing so well that the owners have decided to open a second outpost in the larger space on the opposite corner, in the space with the "Conservation Plumbing and Heating" sign last occupied by jewelry store Nora Kogan.

Like the location on First Avenue and 11th Street in Manhattan, the existing location specializes in high-end items, like Louboutins and Louis Vuitton purses, but this one will focus on less expensive items, according to Park Slope Stoop.

Vintage shops like Guvnor's and Odd Twin might have had their moment, but consignment shops are still going strong on this stretch of the avenue.

Photo via Park Slope Stoop.


Giant Crotch Takes Over 199 Seventh Avenue

A location of European Wax Center is taking over the storefront on Seventh Avenue between Second and Third Streets long occupied by L&O Cleaners, and they've certainly found an eye-catching way to introduce themselves to the neighborhood.

The front windows have been papered over with a close-up photo of a woman's crotch as well as a shot of a topless woman's (tan line-free) back. The tagline proclaims that "luxurious waxing is now for everyone."

European Wax Center has nearly 600 locations, with 16 in New York City. The "in your face" approach is apparently working for them.


Mr. Lime Fruit and Vegetables Coming to Kim's Grocery Space on 7th

Kim's, the dependable 24-7 bodega on Seventh Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets, has been closed for the past couple months, and now we know what's replacing it: a new shop called Mr. Lime Fruit and Vegetables.

Last month, Park Slope Stoop reported that Kim's owners, who'd run the shop for the past 30 years, had decided to retire, and that the new owners "plan to keep the space much the same as it was, but may add some food prep." A tipster also let me know that the space has been gutted, and a new wall has been constructed in the middle of the store.