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Wednesday
Mar022016

Manhattan's Fiat Cafe to Open Second Location in Former Cubana Cafe Space 

Well, that answers that: A month ago I asked if Cubana Cafe, on the corner of Sixth and St. Marks, was closed for good after being shuttered for several months. Over the weekend, window signage went up indicating that the space's next tenant will be a casual Italian restaurant called Fiat Cafe, which has a location on Mott Street between Spring and Kenmare in Nolita.

The restaurant has a fairly extensive menu of traditional breakfast and brunch dishes, and the lunch and dinner menu includes antipasti, salads, panini, pasta, and a handful of entrees. Coffee and espresso also seem to be specialties. It's very reasonably priced; panini average $8 and pasta dishes $9.50, and it has four Yelp stars with more than 300 reviews.

Cubana Cafe was decent but decidedly nothing special, and an inexpensive and relaxed Italian restaurant seems like a perfectly acceptable addition to the area.

Tuesday
Feb162016

Barber Shop Coming to 242 5th Avenue

The two storefronts that were previously home to ill-fated sandwich shop Ollie & Ry (and before that Bageltique) on Fifth Avenue between Carroll and President both have new tenants lined up. A healthy cafe called Seed should be opening in the southern storefront any day now, and signage has gone up at the northern one, for a barber shop.

Called Imperial Barber Shop, it looks like it'll offer $16 haircuts. Not too exciting, but it'll provide some competition for Benny's (between St. Johns and Lincoln) and George's (between Warren and St. Marks) among guys looking for an inexpensive haircut on this stretch of the avenue.

Friday
Feb122016

Apartment Buildings, Pedestrian "Piazza" with Shops and Restaurants in the Works for Fifth Avenue Key Food Site

The Key Food on Fifth Avenue and Sterling place is a city anomaly: A top of the line, full-scale, 36,000 square-foot supermarket, complete with a huge parking lot, right in the middle of a thriving neighborhood. It's a valuable and affordable resource not just for Park Slopers but for all Brooklynites, but it appears as if it was simply too good to last: plans are in place to tear the structure down and replace it with shops and apartment buildings, and Wednesday night the community was able to have its say during a public meeting with developer Avery Hall Investments.

The current plans to replace the Key Food (which was constructed in the mid-1980s after an extensive campaign for a full supermarket in the rapidly-gentrifying neighborhood) involve two residential buildings: a six-story tall building to the north and a five-story building to the south, with a pedestrian-only Butler Street being re-built between them. Along this pedestrian walkway will be shops and restaurants, and it will open up into a large piazza.

Incongruity with the neighborhood aside, the fact that initial plans only call for a food market about one-fifth the size of the existing one was one of the major issues discussed last night, according to Curbed. While "the developer assured residents that he was willing to consider more [square feet]," according to the site, the odds are very high that whatever replaces Key Food will be much gloser to a small grocery store than the increasingly suburban-style supermarket that's there today.

While there's still a ways to go before the plan is put into motion, it might happen sooner rather than later: It was revealed Wednesday night that the developer has already entered into contract with the supermarket, which owns the property, and construction can begin as soon as next year.

Tuesday
Jan262016

Construction Underway on Union Market, SoulCycle Coming to 342 Flatbush Avenue

The promised revitalization of the stretch of Flatbush Avenue between Sterling Place and Grand Army Plaza hasn't quite been all it was cracked up to be back when Franny's opened in April 2013; whole buildings on that block have been vacant for years. But the impending addition of a Union Market and SoulCycle to the stretch was very welcome news when was first announced by Commerical Observer in September, and activity inside the space last week seems to indicate that work is underway. 

This will be the fifth location of Union Market; there are two additional locations in Park Slope (at Sixth and Union and Seventh Avenue near 13th Street), one in Cobble Hill, and another on East Houston Street in Manhattan. It'll be opening in the existing building, and pricey spinning studio SoulCycle will be opening its third Brooklyn location on a to-be-built second floor.

The building, which was fornerly a dialysis center and has been used as a pop-up Halloween costume shop in recent years, is actually a lot larger than it appears to be from the outside; it continues all the way to St. Johns Place. No word on whether this new incarnation will resemble the site's previous occupant.

Thursday
Jan212016

Momo Ramen Coming to 78 Fifth Avenue

A new ramen shop is in the works at 78 Fifth Avenue between St. Marks and Warren, in the space previously occupied by Pierre Loti Wine Bar, and before that Bistro Canaille.

Called Momo Ramen, it'll join the slew of other ramen shops that have opened in the area in recent years, including Zuzu Ramen, Naruto Ramen, Ramen Yebisu, and the insanely popular Chuko in Prospect Heights.

There's an unfortunate lack of any details or social media presence online yet. One thing we can probably be sure of, however, is that it has no connection to chef David Chang's Momofuku empire. That said, the more hot bowls of noodles and long-simmered stock the better.