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Monday
Aug252014

Nunu Chocolates Coming to Caramello Space at 179 5th Avenue

Nunu Chocolates, the successful Brooklyn-based chocolatier whose offerings are sold nationwide, will be opening up a cafe and shop in the space on Fifth between Lincoln and Berkeley last occupied by cannoli shop A'Putia, and before that Caramello.

I ran into Andy Laird, who runs the company with partner Justine Pringle, and he told me that the new shop will feature a wide selection of truffles and caramels, a cafe, and 10 different craft beers on tap. There's another brick and mortar location, on Atlantic between 3rd and 4th, which is also their flagship and factory.

Nunu Chocolates are a staple at specialty stores citywide (locally, they're available at Annie's Blue Ribbon, Blue Apron, Bierkraft, The Ploughman, and Union Market), and has a stellar reputation. Each (addictively good) chocolate is made by hand, and the single-origin cocoa comes from a sustainable family-run farm in Colombia. Their salt caramels are super-popular, along with absinthe, raspberry, and hazelnut ganache-filled chocolates, and their hot chocolate. 

The Chocolate Room is in the process of moving into a larger space a half-dozen blocks away and has a similar business plan, but something tells me that there's plenty of room for Nunu in the neighborhood, especially with such a stellar reputation.

If everything goes to plan, Laird told me, the cafe should be open within a month.

Thursday
Aug212014

Closed for Business: Terroir, 284 Fifth Avenue

Nearly two years after its high-profile opening on the corner of Fifth Avenue and First Street and 3 1/2 months since the space was put on the market, the only Brooklyn location of "elitist wine bar for everyone" Terroir has shuttered.

The mini-chain, which has locations in the East Village (the original), Murray Hill, Tribeca, and a seasonal one on the High Line, is run by Hearth team chef Marco Canora and sommelier Paul Grieco, two of the most respected guys in the business. This location had a solid selection of wines, small plates, and charcuterie, as well as a nice brunch, a reasonable and creative happy hour ($3 glasses of sherry!), and a generally funky, humorous attitude.

I reached out to Grieco, and he replied with his trademark brand of humor, saying that "unfortunately business realities doth sometimes interfere with the pursuit of a good glass of grape juice."

He also confirmed that a new tenant has been lined up for the space, but that he'll let them make the announcement when the time is right.

Monday
Aug182014

Seventh Avenue's Subway on the Market for $7,975/Month

It's been a little less thn two years since an outpost of Subway opened (with very little fanfare) on Seventh between Berkeley and Union in the space that was previously the longtime home of Leaf and Bean, and I don't think anybody would argue that it was a success. It was empty most of the time, and now it's a certifiable failure: the space has been put on the market.

The 1,100 square-foot space is up for lease for $7,975 per month, which is actually on the low end for comparable spaces in the area. The Yogo Monster space, for example, is up for $10,500, and the Walk-In Cookbook space is leasing for $9,500.

Hopefully the (slightly) lower rent will attract a tenant that's able to take better advantage of the Art Deco-inspired storefront, and do a little better job at connecting with the neighborhood. It appears as if it will remain in business until it's rented, so fingers crossed that the lower asking price produces quick results (and possibly inspires some other local landlords to make their asking prices more reasonable).

Tuesday
Aug122014

Open for Business: Shake Shack, 170 Flatbush Avenue

                                                                                                           Shake Shack

About a month after Shake Shack revealed its newly-restored facade and familiar signage on Flatbush between Dean and Pacific, the third Brooklyn location of Danny Meyer's super-popular burger chain opened on Sunday.

The restaurant, which is located directly across from the Barclays Center, is constructed largely with recycled and sustainable materials, including energy-efficient equipment, lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and tabletops made from reclaimed bowling alley lanes. There's also free wifi, a handful of televisions, outdoor seating, and a custom mural by Brooklyn street artist SP.ONE.

                                                                                                    Park Slope Stoop

This is the first Shake Shack to open since the company announced on Friday that they were reverting back to their original pre-frozen crinkle-cut fries, and indeed there are no handcut fries in sight. Like all other Shake Shack locations, the menu offers a handful of new concretes that are custom-tailored to the area:

Nothin’ But NETS (unique to this location): Chocolate and vanilla custard blended with marshmallow sauce, crispy crunchies and chocolate sprinkles.

Fudge-eddabouitit (from the Downtown Brooklyn location): Chocolate custard blended with fudge sauce, Baked chocolate cloud cookies and Mast Brothers Shack-blend dark chocolate chunks, topped with chocolate sprinkles.

Brooklyn Pie oh My (from the DUMBO location): Vanilla custard blended with a slice of seasonal pie from Four & Twenty Blackbirds.

The Flatbush Avenue Shake Shack is open daily from 11am - 11pm.

Shake Shack, 170 Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn NY 11217. Phone: 347-442-7711.

Monday
Aug112014

Butter Lane Cupcakes Closing at End of the Month

Butter Lane, the Brooklyn location of the East Village-based cupcake shop that opened in April 2011 on Seventh Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets, will be closing down at the end of the month, according to a notice on display at the shop.

An employee confirmed the closure, but was unable to provide a reason as to why. She did make sure to note that the original location, on East 7th Street, will be remaining open. Rumor has it that another bakery may be opening in the space.

Along with the bankruptcy of Crumbs, this could be another sign that the Cupcake Bubble is bursting. If you're looking for a cupcake to satisfy your fix after the closure, however, I recommend Buttermilk Bakeshop.