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Thursday
Jun052014

Doughnut Plant Coming to Flatbush Avenue

This is either really good news or really bad news, depending on your diet: An outpost of The Doughnut Plant, widely regarded as one of the finest and most creative doughnut shops in the city, will be opening up on the northern end of Park Slope, in the triangular building on Flatbush and Sixth Avenues last occupied by Yummy Taco.

Owner Mark Isreal began selling doughnuts on the Lower East Side in 1994, based on recipes that had been in his family for generations. He opened the first Doughnut Plant near the Manhattan Bridge in 2000, and thanks to creations like the jelly-filled square doughnut and the tres leches, creme brulee, and chocolate pudding-filled blackout doughnut, it's become quite successful: a location opened in Tokyo in 2004 and a 23rd Street location opened in 2011.

Yummy Taco, a middle-of-the-road Tex-Mex spot, closed back in December. Isreal seems quite excited about taking over the triangular building, which he's been calling the "Flatbush Flatiron," according to DNAinfo. He's also referring to the buildout as a "restoration project," certainly a good sign.

Along with an outpost of Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone's renowned sandwich shop Parm opening on Flatbush between Bergen and Dean and a Shake Shack opening a block away, I think we can safely say that the arrival of the Barclays Center has been a positive culinary influence on the surrounding stretch of Flatbush.

Wednesday
May282014

City Sub Moving Up The Block, Possibly into Melt Space

City Sub, the always-popular sandwich shop that's been on Bergen Street between Fifth and Flatbush Avenues for nearly 30 years, has been shuttered for the past few weeks. They're not closed for good, however; they're just moving into a new location on the same block, according to a sign posted in the front window.

The entire rest of the block from there on up to Flatbush is owned by Michael Pintchik, and while there's a chance that they might be moving into one of those "premium" properties, it seems much more likely that they're moving into the space next door that was last home to restaurant Melt. Not only was the space already a pre-existing restaurant, a new restaurant has been under construction inside it since March.

City Sub is one of the few businesses in the neighborhood that commands a line literally out the door on a near-daily basis, they also have the luxury of closing at 4:30 daily, except for Thursdays, when they're closed all day. Hopefully nothing gets lost in translation during the move; these are some good, old-school deli sandwiches.

Many thanks to reader Adam for sending in the photos.

Tuesday
May272014

Walk-In Cookbook Space Up For Lease

The space on Seventh Avenue between Lincoln and Berkeley last occupied by the Walk-In Cookbook, the ill-advised shop that sold the ingredients necessary to prepare specific portions of specific dishes, is for lease: Warren Lewis/ Sotheby's International Realty is renting it for $9,500 per month.

The Walk-In Cookbook closed in February after only about six months in business; hopefully the next tenant has the business plan and financial werewithal to last a bit longer.

Other local storefronts being repped by the same realtor include the former Two Boots space ($16,000); the Sweet Melissa space ($11,000); the Chiles & Chocolate space; which recently got a nice-looking new storefront, see below ($12,800); the "drip" building storefront ($8,250); the Trois Pommes space ($8,500); and the former Caramello/ A'Putia space on Fifth ($8,500), most of which have been vacant for months if not years.

Many thanks to reader Jeffrey for sending the top photo.

Wednesday
May072014

El Gran Castillo de Jagua Moves into New Location Up the Block

After 40 years of holding down the highly visible corner of Flatbush Avenue, Park Place, and Carlton Place, Dominican restaurant El Gran Castillo de Jagua, one of the last holdouts of quality, inexpensive, no frills food in the area, closed up shop yesterday and moved up the block, into the storefront at 355 Flatbush Avenue that was last occupied by Z-7 Classic Diner.

The space hasn't changed much from its days as a diner (it was given a slight upgrade after the previous occupant, Parkside Diner, shuttered), except for the fact that the counter has been removed and replaced by the steam table. The rotisserie, which used to roast chickens in full view of customers, has been moved into the kitchen, so its scent (affectionately known as "El Carneviento") will no longer waft out into the street. The menu is essentially unchanged, save for about a dollar price difference (the Cuban sandwich has gone up from $5.50 to $6.50; prices are still quite cheap).

While it's certainly sad to see such a longtime tenant kicked out of its location (word is that a medical clinic will be taking over the entire corner), it's nice that it can move essentially lock, stock, and barrel to a nearby location.

Monday
May052014

Artisanal Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar Shop Coming to 140 5th Avenue

The second location of O Live Brooklyn, which specializes in premium extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars, will be opening soon in the space last occupied by E Lingerie, on 5th between Douglass and Baltic.

The specialty (to say the least) shop already has one location on Broadway in Williamsburg, and at this location they'll feature dozens of single-varietal olive oils and balsamic vinegars on tap, as well as many flavored olive oils, salts, olive wood accessories, and a handful of specialty items, owner Greg Bernarducci told Park Slope Stoop.

“I suspect there are many among you who eat all-natural, organic produce and meats, and fresh olive oil is a natural and beneficial addition to a healthy diet,” Bernarducci added. He'll also be teaching an Olive Oil 101 class.

All products are provided by 90 year-old Veronica Foods, which works with producers all around the world.

Like the incoming shop that specializes in aperitifs and digestifs a few blocks away, this shop will have a rather narrow focus, which can work for it or against it. It's one thing to do one thing and do it well, but it's always a toss-up as to whether or not sales will be substantial enough to turn a profit in a space that's most likely very high-rent. Still, this shop will introduce plenty of items to the neighborhood that aren't yet available, so fingers crossed that they can make it work.

They're currently hiring part-time employees; those with a "knowledge of or interest in food, cooking, and healthy eating" can send their resume to olivebrooklyn@gmail.com, a sign in the window indicates.

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