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Monday
Jan172011

Chain Restaurant Cheeburger Cheeburger for Miracle Grill Space


Over the weekend signage went up on the old Miracle Grill space (at Seventh Ave and 3rd St) for "Cheeburger Cheeburger," a 1950s-style Florida-based chain similar to Johnny Rocket's. The construction worker who told me it was going to be a Chinese restaurant was apparently making things up. 

They serve about 80 different milkshake varieties, and burgers come in six sizes: kid burger, classic, semi serious, serious, delirious, and "pounder." According to Wikipedia: "Cheeburger Cheeburger's menus claim it to be famous for its "Pounder" burger, which is 20 ounces of beef before cooking. Anyone who finishes the entire burger can have their picture taken holding a stuffed fabric "Pounder" and hung on that restaurant's Wall of Fame. There is also a Wall of Fame for children, where children under 12 years old may appear if they eat a half-pound burger."

Let's encourage our children to eat 20 ounces of ground beef in one sitting! I think I'll be sticking to Five Guys for my fast food burger fix, but with a kid-friendly vibe and a menu that also includes an "invent your own salad" section, I don't see this place failing. 

Monday
Jan172011

Open For Business: Rachel's Tattoo and Beauty Salon, 477 5th Avenue


Rachel's, the beauty salon and tattoo parlor with the funky handmade sign on Fifth between 11th and 12th, opened up shop on Saturday. It's actually pretty swanky-looking inside, with some couches up front, a few hairdresser stations, and a tattoo/piercing area in the back. There's also a pretty nice DJ setup, for some reason. 

Rachel's Tattoo and Beauty Salon, 477 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215. 718-788-2704.

Friday
Jan142011

Friday Foodporn: Bogota


Bogota Latin Bistro, on Fifth between St. Johns and Lincoln, has consistently been serving up quality pan-Latin cuisine since friends George Constantinou Fernandes and Farid Ali Lancheros first opened its doors in July of 2005 after years of careful planning and research. It's usually crowded (especially on the weekends), and it's the kind of restaurant that knows exactly what it wants to be, who it wants to cater to, and does that very well. In this neighborhood, that certainly can be commended. It also stays open until 11 on weekdays and 1 on the weekends, which is a big plus.

Their Cuban Sandwich, above, stacked with cumin-y, garlicky pernil, is one of the tastiest around. Their Colombian and Argentinian-style empanadas are also worth seeking out, and a mojito or two does a great job of washing down anything doused in their homemade aji sauce. 

Bogota Latin Bistro, 141 5th Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215. 718-230-3805. 

Friday
Jan142011

Serene Rose Sign Removed, Older Sign Revealed


It's always fascinating to think about what relics of an older time are still in place, just hidden from view behind modern additions. Case in point: this classic hand-painted sign for a grocery that previously occupied the space recently vacated by clothing boutique Serene Rose, on Fifth Avenue between 3rd and 4th. It looks to be from the 70s; can anyone make out the first word there? 

It'll eventually be a coffee shop; when that signage goes up this one will go back into hiding, to be re-discovered at a later time.

Friday
Jan142011

Work Underway At Long Tan Space


One of the two vacant storefronts that were previously home to Long Tan, the Thai place on Fifth between Sackett and Union that closed in October, is finally getting getting some work done. An entirely new storefront is being installed, and the interior has been completely gutted.

All previous reports had indicated that the restaurant's bar half would remain under the same ownership, and would be turned into a wine bar shortly after closing. The side currently under construction, however, was Long Tan's restaurant half. Curious! I asked a construction worker if the site was still owned by Long Tan's owners, and if it was going to be a wine bar, but he apparently had no idea what I was talking about.