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Tuesday
Jun072011

Closed for Business: Sandy's Internet Coffee Shop

Sandy's Internet Coffee Shop (formerly Cabana's Coffee Shop), the tiny, below-the-radar cafe on Sixteenth Street just east of Fifth Avenue, has closed and is in the process of being gutted. They served simple sandwiches like turkey with mozzarella, tuna, grilled chicken, etc. along with some Mexican items like tamales, and had computers for customers to purchase time at.

I'd walked past this place a bunch of times and was always intrigued by its quaintness (and because you really don't see too many internet cafes any more), but never saw any customers inside. The poor employees always looked very bored, and the plug has finally been pulled.

Tuesday
Jun072011

As Butter Lane Re-Opens, King of Cupcakes Plots a Comeback

Butter Lane Cupcakes, the East Village-based shop on Seventh Avenue between 4th and 5th, re-opened over the weekend after being closed for about a month due to some illegal plumbing work. The space's last tenant, The King of Cupcakes, however, has regrouped with a new strategy that will place them back in the neighborhood.

I ran into King of Cupcakes owner Garrison earlier today, handing out free cupcake samples outside of the Parkslope Eatery, just up the block from Butter Lane. He told me that they'll be selling their cupcakes out of that storefront, as well as at the Ivy Garden, the new grocery opening on Fourth Avenue, and also "lots of other places nearby."

They had a very rough start, but I'm glad to see that they're giving it another go. Hope they're more successful this time around!

Tuesday
Jun072011

Five Guys Burgers Coming to Park and Flatbush

Just when we thought the Park Slope Burger Invasion was over, official work permits reveal that 164 Park Place, formerly home to Park Heights Stationers and Copy Center, will be an outpost of DC-based Five Guys Burgers and Fries.

It had been rumored recently that a Gray's Papaya would be opening up in this very prominent space, on the corner of Flatbush Avenue right near Seventh and its B/Q subway stop, but that didn't pan out. This will be the second Five Guys in the neighborhood; the other is on Seventh Ave between Sixth and Seventh.

Monday
Jun062011

Bicycle Habitat Gets a Big Ol' Sign

 

Bicycle Habitat, the 3,000 square foot bike superstore that opened last month in the former Jeans Express space on Fifth between 10th and 11th, installed some signage last week.

Looks like we have a winner for the biggest sign on Fifth Avenue!

Monday
Jun062011

Purbird Restaurant Coming to Sixth and St. Marks

 

It's been almost two years since substantial activity has gone on inside the rounded corner space that was most recently home to the restaurant Helios, at 82 Sixth Avenue. When I asked the owner what was going on back then, he told me that a beer bar would be moving into the space, but since then it's been mostly quiet.

Construction has been steady for about the past month, though, and last week signage went up for a new restaurant, to be called Purbird. I'm fairly certain that the owner this time around is the same as Helios, and a peek inside reveals several tables and a long bar. We'll see what develops.