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Thursday
Jun052014

Doughnut Plant Coming to Flatbush Avenue

This is either really good news or really bad news, depending on your diet: An outpost of The Doughnut Plant, widely regarded as one of the finest and most creative doughnut shops in the city, will be opening up on the northern end of Park Slope, in the triangular building on Flatbush and Sixth Avenues last occupied by Yummy Taco.

Owner Mark Isreal began selling doughnuts on the Lower East Side in 1994, based on recipes that had been in his family for generations. He opened the first Doughnut Plant near the Manhattan Bridge in 2000, and thanks to creations like the jelly-filled square doughnut and the tres leches, creme brulee, and chocolate pudding-filled blackout doughnut, it's become quite successful: a location opened in Tokyo in 2004 and a 23rd Street location opened in 2011.

Yummy Taco, a middle-of-the-road Tex-Mex spot, closed back in December. Isreal seems quite excited about taking over the triangular building, which he's been calling the "Flatbush Flatiron," according to DNAinfo. He's also referring to the buildout as a "restoration project," certainly a good sign.

Along with an outpost of Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone's renowned sandwich shop Parm opening on Flatbush between Bergen and Dean and a Shake Shack opening a block away, I think we can safely say that the arrival of the Barclays Center has been a positive culinary influence on the surrounding stretch of Flatbush.

Tuesday
Jun032014

Construction Finally Underway at 187 Seventh Avenue

Full-scale interior demilition is underway at the long-dilapidated building on the corner of Seventh Avenue and Second Street, one of the only abandoned buildings remaining on the avenue.

Longtime owner Charla Nash sold the building last year, and in October some minor work took place in the building. This was before official permits were approved, and a full 11 permits have been approved since then.

Many thanks to a tipster for sending the above photo of an official city "work in progress" sign that's gone up on the property, complete with a rendering of what's to come: a fully-restored building, complete with what looks to be a nice arched storefront.

Here's how the building's looked for the better part of the past 25 years:

Monday
Jun022014

Open for Business: Reedchy Nails & Spa, 274 5th Avenue

A new nail salon opened on Fifth Avenue between First and Garfield over the weekend, in the space last occupied by cycling studio Cycle Bar.

Reedchy is a rather straightforward salon with manicure tables in the front and pedicures in the back, with plenty of mirrors and light wood. Manicures cost $12, polish changes cost $8, pedicures cost $25, and waxes range from $8 (lip) to $50 (Brazilian). Their most expensive offering is a $120 "skin refine intensive."

There's a Grand Opening special until June 5th; manicures are free with any purchase of a pedicure.

With approximately one nail salon per block on this stretch of Fifth, I think we can safely say that no more need to open for a while.

Wednesday
May282014

City Sub Moving Up The Block, Possibly into Melt Space

City Sub, the always-popular sandwich shop that's been on Bergen Street between Fifth and Flatbush Avenues for nearly 30 years, has been shuttered for the past few weeks. They're not closed for good, however; they're just moving into a new location on the same block, according to a sign posted in the front window.

The entire rest of the block from there on up to Flatbush is owned by Michael Pintchik, and while there's a chance that they might be moving into one of those "premium" properties, it seems much more likely that they're moving into the space next door that was last home to restaurant Melt. Not only was the space already a pre-existing restaurant, a new restaurant has been under construction inside it since March.

City Sub is one of the few businesses in the neighborhood that commands a line literally out the door on a near-daily basis, they also have the luxury of closing at 4:30 daily, except for Thursdays, when they're closed all day. Hopefully nothing gets lost in translation during the move; these are some good, old-school deli sandwiches.

Many thanks to reader Adam for sending in the photos.

Tuesday
May272014

Walk-In Cookbook Space Up For Lease

The space on Seventh Avenue between Lincoln and Berkeley last occupied by the Walk-In Cookbook, the ill-advised shop that sold the ingredients necessary to prepare specific portions of specific dishes, is for lease: Warren Lewis/ Sotheby's International Realty is renting it for $9,500 per month.

The Walk-In Cookbook closed in February after only about six months in business; hopefully the next tenant has the business plan and financial werewithal to last a bit longer.

Other local storefronts being repped by the same realtor include the former Two Boots space ($16,000); the Sweet Melissa space ($11,000); the Chiles & Chocolate space; which recently got a nice-looking new storefront, see below ($12,800); the "drip" building storefront ($8,250); the Trois Pommes space ($8,500); and the former Caramello/ A'Putia space on Fifth ($8,500), most of which have been vacant for months if not years.

Many thanks to reader Jeffrey for sending the top photo.

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