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Wednesday
Feb032016

Bark Hot Dogs to Close on Sunday

Some sad news for all lovers of gourmet hot dogs: Bark, which opened on the quaint stretch Bergen Street between Fifth and Flatbush Avenues in 2009, will be closing after service on Sunday night. Here's the notice that owner Josh Sharkey posted to the front door (click to enlarge):

Bark opened to much acclaim in 2009, serving custom-made hot dogs from an upstate German sausage maker and toppings made from locally-sourced and high-end ingredients. It seemed to be a perfect fit for the "real food" movement that's still going strong, by elevating an inexpensive fast food to gourmet heights. Other menu items included wings, fast food-style burgers, shakes, and onion rings, and the source of every ingredient was listed on their website.

But high-quality ingredients are expensive, as is average rent, and something went wrong somewhere along the way. While there always seemed to be plenty of people inside (they also did a brisk delivery business), a second location that opened last year on Bleecker Street closed after just six months and must have cost the company a fortune. Sharkey told Eater that "there are many reasons" for the closure.

Some may argue that the hot dogs there were too expensive, others that they're too unhealthy, but the fact remains that Bark happened to serve some of the best hot dogs in the country, and it's going to be missed.

If you drop by before Sunday night, you'll be able to buy condiments and hot dogs (per pound) for five dollars.

Monday
Aug102015

Laytner's on Union Street Closing August 23

Laytner's Linen and Home, the sprawling outpost of the home goods chain located on Union Street neat Seventh Avenue, will be closing for good on August 28th. There's a currently a major sale going on — everything in the store is at least 20 percent off — and it's selling fast.

For those looking for a great deal, there are currently plenty to be had. Some sheets and bedding are 50 percent off, and furniture is also deeply discounted. This location opened in 2008, and is one of the only places in the area where staple home items like towels, shower curtains, kitchenware, and bedding could be found. Below is the note announcing their farewell.


Tuesday
Mar172015

After 70 Years in Business, Prospect Gardens Pharmacy to Close Today

Prospect Gardens Pharmacy, the old-school pharmacy on the corner of Seventh Avenue and Union Street, will be closing today. The building was recently sold for the record price (for a mixed-use building the neighborhood) of $8.63 million, and "a big national retail tenant" is slated to take over the space, according to the Daily News.

The pharmacy originally opened in the 1940s as a branch of the now-defunct chain Whelan's, with all the bells and whistles you'd expect in an old-timey pharmacy: a soda counter, floor to ceiling built-in wooden shelving, glass cases, and a rolling wooden ladder. When Howard Baskind (who owned the building until its recent sale) purchased it in 1980 he gave it an unfortunate and inexpensive makeover, complete with wood paneling and the word "PRESCRIPTIONS" in huge letters (in an admittedly great 1970s typeface) across the back wall. It was dated but had its charms, and thankfully Baskind left the classic old DRUGS PRESCRIPTIONS sign (minus the neon, unfortunately) hanging out front.

The pharmacy remained popular largely due to the pharmacists themselves, who knew their customers by name (and could recognize their voices on the phone) and became neighborhood fixtures: George Berman was the primary pharmacist in the 1960s and Wayne Lippman was behind the counter from 1985 to 2012.

"Why shop at a place that makes you wait three hours for a prescription? I don't understand it," Lippman told me when I dropped by in 2011. "Here we fill it in five to ten minutes. That's how we maintain our clientele. A lot of the old timers aren't around anymore, but when younger folks come in they're always impressed by the fact that we actually care about them."

All outstanding prescriptions will be transferred to Rite-Aid.

Thursday
Dec112014

Tea Lounge to Close December 14

Tea Lounge, on Union Street near Seventh Avenue, will be closing for good on Sunday. The owners announced the closure on Facebook, saying simply, "We are sad to announce to the community and our loyal customers that we will be closing Tea Lounge in Park Slope on Sunday 12/14/14. Please stop by so we can say goodbye."

The popular coffee shop began its life more than 13 years ago in the space further up Seventh where Hanco's is now, and moved into this sprawling space several years ago. It was a popular hangout for local moms and nannies, and was certainly one of the largest coffee shops in the neighborhood.
Back in September I discovered that the space had been listed for sale, but the owner contacted me and insisted that the listing was "only intended to help sell franchises," and that it wasn't in fact for sale. That explanation sounded a little fishy, apparently with good reason. It'll be interesting to see what's been lined up to take over this prime space.
UPDATE: Here's a link to the listing. The rental rate for the 3,900 square-foot space has been listed only as "negotiable."
Wednesday
Dec102014

Rare Earth Space on the Market for $8,000/Month

The space on Bergen Street near 5th Avenue that's been home to restaurant Rare Earth since it opened last summer is on the market.

The restaurant had the same owner as Melt before it, Muguette Siem A Sjoe, and was focused on "wholesome, fresh, naturally grown ingredients, served at its peak harvest time." While the menu was creative, nothing about it brought in crowds, and there wasn't much to differentiate it from its predecessor.

The 1,800-foot space is going for $8,000 per month, or $4.44/sf, according to the listing. I'm still holding out hope that City Sub may decide to make a triumphant return.

Photo via Loopnet