The Slope's newest coffee shop opened right on schedule this morning, in the space last occupied by La Taqueria on Seventh Avenue between Berkeley and Lincoln.
The cafe, called Noella, is the brainchild of former Ozzie's owner Melissa Rapoport, who vowed to return after Ozzie's, which was located right across the street, closed earlier this year. It didn't take her much time at all, even though the space is still under construction.
"The front of the building is being restored to how it looked in the 1930s, but I just couldn't wait any longer," said Rapoport. "So we installed a temporary front and opened earlier than expected."
The cafe is a bi-level space, with a counter in the front area and seating in the back. Once construction is complete, the front will open up to the sidewalk with additional seating and full windows that will let in plenty of natural light and allow customers to watch the parade.
Coffee is from Counter Culture, and bagels, muffins, and croissants are from La Bagel Delight. There's also a "pour-over bar" where you can watch as your coffee is measured and carefully brewed, but most customers opted for the standard machine-brew, which was still quite good.
Noella Brew Bar, 72 Seventh Avenue Brooklyn NY 11217. 718-636-0424.