Brooklyn Bread left the corner of Fifth Avenue and Sixth Street back in June of 2012, and its replacement, a pan-Asian restaurant called Shamisen, will be opening soon, possibly within a week.
The owner let me take a look around, and it's pretty elegantly designed. A new facade has been built, and there are four booths, a handful of tables, what looks like a bar up front, and what by my guess is a possible sushi prep area in the back, above (it doesn't look like it's designed to have people sitting around it, but I can't figure out what its exact purpose is).
The owner told me that the restaurant would serve "spicy food," and confirmed the earlier report that they would be serving Malaysian, Thai, and Vietnamese fare, as well as Japanese. Seems a bit all over the map, but the final menu still remains to be seen.
If all goes to plan it could be opening as soon as this weekend.