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Thursday
Nov202014

Aperitivo Closes, Henri on Fifth Moving In

Some dramatic restaurant news from Fifth Avenue to report: Aperitivo, the Italian restaurant on the corner of First Street, closed down suddenly yesterday, and a new restaurant, with a new owner, will be opening there within a month.

Aperitivo was opened seven years ago by the same owners as Sotto Voce up on Seventh Avenue, and according to a note on the Facebook page they’re closing this down to focus exclusively on that. The bottomless brunch and events like clam bakes will be carrying over to Sotto Voce, and the owners “will also meld many of your favorite dishes and wines with a revamped menu, wine program and expanded bar.”

So what’s in store for the space? Real estate agent Jeffrey Kesler put me in touch with new owner Binh Douglas, who has more than 20 years of hospitality industry experience and has managed bars, restaurants, and clubs in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York, and will be running the restaurant with his wife Lauren.

“I’m half Vietnamese, a quarter Native American, and a quarter black, and my wife has a French background, so we decided to name the restaurant after our newborn son, Henri, and the menu is an amalgam of his heritage,” Douglas told me when reached by phone. The seasonally-changing menu will be comprised entirely of small plates intended for sharing, with influences ranging from French to German to Asian. Several types of grilled cheese will be available (Le Classique, melted gruyere and caramelized shallots on garlic bread toast with sherry thyme "au jus," sounds pretty good), as well as salads, sliders, salads, and other shared plates like Vietnamese summer rolls, banh mi tacos, and fresh pretzels with fondue dipping sauce. 

The menu seems fun and not too complicated, and with a couple TVs, an expanded bar program, and board games like Jenga and Connect 4 available, it’s intended to be a low-key and reasonably priced place for locals to hang out and share some food. Cocktails will average $9-11, beers will range from $5 to $8, and dishes will average around $6-9.

If all goes to plan, Henri on Fifth should be open by Mid-December.

Monday
Nov172014

Nail Salon Coming to Long-Vacant 92 Seventh Avenue

The space at 92 Seventh Avenue between Union and Berkeley, last home to Chiles & Chocolate but vacant for more than three years, has a new tenant: the second outpost of Latoue Nail Spa, an upscale nail salon whose original location in Bay Ridge seems to be pretty well-liked. Many thanks to real estate broker Jeffrey Kesler for passing along the tip.

Even though the 1,150 square-foot space is in a prime position and underwent a recent facade restoration, it took a very long time for a tenant to be lined up, most likely due to its $10,800/month price tag.

It's nice to see that the space has finally been rented, and while it is a high-end salon, it's still a nail salon in a neighborhood that's certainly not wanting for them.

Photo via Warren Lewis.

Thursday
Oct092014

Two Boots Coming to Terroir Space on Fifth

Terroir Park Slope put its space up for rent about five months ago, and when it closed in August we knew that a new tenant had been lined up, but not who it would be. Well, now we know: Two Boots is coming back to the neighborhood.

A reliable source who asked to remain anonymous confirmed the rumors that have been swirling for weeks, and not only is the Manhattan-based Cajun-style pizza mini-chain moving into the space on the corner of Fifth and First, the owners are hoping to open next month.

Before Two Boots closed its location on Second Street just east of Seventh Avenue (after 25 years there) back in November of last year, the owners -- minus founder John Touhey -- vowed to re-open in the same space after some "big changes." Those never came to pass, and the space is still for rent for an insanely high sum of $16,000.

This one will be much smaller than the Seventh Avenue location, which leads me to believe that the menu will be closer to what's offered at the East Village spot than the way it was before: about a dozen specialty pizzas, a couple dozen topping options, and a handful of po' boys and salads versus a full menu of Cajun entrees, pastas, and burgers.

Monday
Oct062014

“Modern Vietnamese Gastropub” Coming to Brooklyn Fish Camp Space

Brooklyn Fish Camp closed up shop after 10 years on Fifth between St. John's and Lincoln last month, and the 1,200-sqare foot space has already been rented. According to The Daily Meal, an as-yet-unnamed "modern Vietnamese gastropub" will be the next tenant.

Here's where it gets good: the duo behind the restaurant, Lien and Edward Lin, spent most of their careers with one of San Francisco's best modern Vietnamese and Asian, in general restaurants, The Slanted Door. Lien spent the past ten years there rising from line cook to executive sous chef, and Edward ran the kitchen at sister restaurant Out the Door and oversaw operations for the parent company, The Slanted Door Restaurant Group.

No more details are currently available, but by all accounts this seems pretty promising.

Thursday
Sep252014

"Jackets and Jeans" Pop-Up Coming to Trois Pommes Space on Fifth

The space that was the longtime home of Trois Pommes Patisserie has been sitting empty since closing in April of this year, with an asking price of $8,500/month. Many thanks to Warren Lewis real estate salesman Jeffrey Kessler, the broker for the space, for letting me know that a pop-up store called only "Jackets and Jeans Sample Sale" will soon be opening there, and will move out after their three month lease is up.

The original listing called for a 5-year lease, so this is certainly unexpected. With more expensive spaces with comparable square footage sitting empty for much longer than this one, this may be a sign of what we can expect in the future.