On the day that Jay-Z fills the seats in the Barclays Center for the first time, we're beginning to get a more complete vision as to just exactly what impact the new arena will have on its surrounding area, at least from a merchant-focused standpoint.
The New York Post today published an article laying out exactly what we're in for, and it sounds... delicious. A Shake Shack is in the works at "prime Flatbush Avenue real estate across the street from the 18,200-seat arena," according to the article, in an unnamed space belonging to uber-landlord Michael Pintchik. Also, a "gourmet mac and cheese" restaurant from the owners of Macbar and trendy Delicatessen is opening on the avenue, and right next door will be barbecue from "a top pitmaster from Austin, Texas,” according to Pintchik.
More than a dozen additional eateries are slated for the immediate area around the arena, and big chains like Panera Bread, TGI Friday's, Dave and Buster's, and Starbucks are rumored to be shopping around. No word yet on what's planned for the most prime space of all, though: the building last occupied by Triangle Sporting Goods, which sold for a record $4.1M.