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Construction Underway at Former Ozzie's Space, Not Pretty

Construction of a new French/Hungarian cafe is well underway in the space that was last occupied by Ozzie's Coffee, on the corner of Seventh Avenue and Lincoln Place. As first reported back in December, the new cafe will be a partnership between Couleur Cafe owner Murat Ozcan and friend Gabor Ferencz (they both met while working at Midtown's Brasserie Ruhlmann), and will have the same dedication to fresh ingredients and community as the very popular Couleur further down the avenue.

It was a little disheartening, though, to look inside and see that all of the ancient pharmacy fixtures that gave Ozzie's so much charm have been removed (except for the "Prescriptions" woodwork on the back wall). When I spoke with Ozcan about his plans for the space, he assured me that all of the vintage woodwork would remain in place, and that they in fact found more old hidden woodwork that they'd be exposing.

I'm no construction expert, so possibly they needed to remove it all in order to fix up the infrastructure before returning it to its rightful place (which is what I'm hoping for), but we'll just have to wait and see on this one.

Reader Comments (8)

I'd rather have a sustainable business in there than worry about the old details of the building.

February 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrendan

Keep the faith Dan. I had to remove all the old features when I renovated my brownstone. The contractor returned most of the woodwork when the renovation was nearing completion.

February 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPark Slope Dad

forget, if they took that off ,all the magic of the place is gone.This people has no idea what the spirit of our neighborhood is, their only thought is "let's make money form the yuppies"
Shame on the owners of the property,they didn't care either.

February 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBluet

You have no idea what you're talking about Bluet. Ozzie's was a disaster even though it had old wood.
I think we should wait and see what the finished product looks like before saying what's going to happen inside that very raw looking space.
Shame on the owners of the property for renting to a gentleman with a lovely French cafe in the neighborhood instead of to Starbucks who made them an offer? Yea, you're clueless.

February 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersterling

All I care about is that Noella hopefully bought the granita machine over from Ozzie's. That thing put out the best frozen stuff you'll ever have.

February 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkPlace

Sterling, I also think the poster above you was referring more to the actual physical location itself, and not Ozzie's.

Me? I'm still pissed Miracle Grill painted over Mancora's wall mural. Yup, that's why I'm boycotting Cheeburger Cheeburger. :)

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkPlace

I hope they keep the old pharmacy stuff, it's part of what makes park Slope, Park Slope, history is important. To say to heck with the old stuff, let's just get a sustainable business in there is silly, both can be done

. Not everything in this world has to be trashed and thrown out. Hope the old stuff comes back and the cafe makes a go of it!

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkSlopePerson

WHat is that poster in the window of the photo? I've seen it in a few spaces in the slope. Is it the contractor?

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpresident resident

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