The Velvet Peach Cafe, Formerly Heights Coffee, closed down back in February to renovate (for the second time in a year) after the owners, the husband-and-wife duo of Erica Phillips and Irwin Caesar, secured a liquor license. At first the plan was to only be closed until early April, but it soon expanded into a complete gut job and renovation. The new facade and signage has been installed, and the completely new restaurant, called Elberta, will now be opening by the end of the month.
The restaurant, on Flatbush Avenue opposite Seventh, is "inspired by Southern Cuisine and the rich history of the pre-prohibition American cocktail," according to the website. Its name was inspired by the Elberta peach, and the menu (pdf) is reasonably priced and heavy on soul-food classics like shrimp and grits, stuffed pork chops, baby back ribs, Southern fried chicken, and deviled eggs. There's also a decadent-looking brunch, where they'll be serving up biscuits and gravy, baked duck hash and eggs, chicken and waffles, and french toast stuffed with peanut butter and sauteed cinnamon bananas, and a fairly standard children's menu.
The full menu is below; if you're into soul food and cocktails (and who isn't?) this place looks like it's worth getting excited about.