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Wednesday
Mar192014

Artist & Craftsman Supply Shop Coming to Second Street

A new art supply shop will be opening soon in a large building on Second Street near 4th Avenue. It's an outpost of the 29 year-old Artist & Craftsman Supply, which has 20 locations in 13 states.

The store (which judging by the space will be more of an emporium) will sell everything an artist could want, ranging from brushes, paints, and canvas to knitting sets, arts & crafts supplies, and carving tools.

This shop certainly looks like it'll fill a niche in the neighborhood; it'll come in handy for everyone from kids who have art projects to painters, printmakers, sculptors, knitters, and crafts enthusiasts. It's hard to tell if they'll be fixing the facade up at all, but the fact that the sign is already up probably means it'll be opening sooner rather than later.

Many thanks to a tipster for sending in the photo.

Friday
Mar142014

The Soup Bowl's Chef/Owner to Open Restaurant on 9th Street

Richard Gussoff, the chef behind the popular Soup Bowl on 7th Avenue near 9th Street, will be opening a full-service restaurant called Uncle Arthur's Cafe on 9th Street near the northwest corner of 4th Avenue, in the space that was last occupied by Italian deli Catene. Above is the sign that went up inside the Soup Bowl last week; construction is wrapping up and the restaurant should be open in about two weeks.

Gussoff, a Park Slope native who lives in the neighborhood, spent 19 years as chef/owner at three restaurants in Hell's Kitchen (seafood spot Sag Harbor, trattoria Pietrasanta, and Rachel's American Bistro) before opening up The Soup Bowl four winters ago and a second location in Prospect Heights the following year. He told me that this restaurant will draw inspiration from all his prior menus, including The Soup Bowl. "The menu will be eclectic American cuisine," he said. I'll be serving pastas from my trattoria, other dishes from the menu at the bistro, and three to four soups on the menu at all times." There will also be plenty of new items. The menu "will be a good size, but not like a diner menu," he added. "I like a lot of options. The more the merrier." Sample menu items include pecan-crusted chicken, blackened salmon, fish tacos, and linguine with chicken, and an extensive side vegetable selection that includes Brussels sprouts, roasted butternut squash, corn pudding, and quinoa.

Like The Soup Bowl (which will be closing on Friday and returning again next year), some of the ingredients will be sourced from greenmarkets daily, and will largely dictate what's served as specials.

The restaurant will seat about 40, including 8 or 9 at a custom-built bar. Only beer and wine will be available because of the proximity to a church, but there will be a nice selection of wine and predominantly local beers. To cater to the commuter crowd, they'll be operating as an upscale coffee bar during the earlier hours, serving coffee from Staten Island-based Unique Coffee Roasters.

The vibe will be casual, and offerings will be inexpensive: entrees will start at $12 and top out in the low 20s. "My feeling is, you should make the room comfortable, treat your customers well, and make it affordable," he added. 

Bottom photo via Lost City

 

Thursday
Feb132014

Luke's Lobster Confirmed for 237 5th Avenue

Back in September, a rep from Luke's Lobster, the popular mini-chain specializing in lobster, crab, and shrimp rolls, confirmed to me that they were planning on opening in Park Slope. All signs pointed to them coming to the long-abandoned double-storefront at 235-7 5th Avenue, between Carroll and President, and yesterday the company's VP Ben Conniff confirmed to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle that that's indeed the case.

The 600-square-foot space will also include a spacious back yard, and because a lot of construction is required it likely won't be open until spring.

“When we open a restaurant, we like to put down roots there and become invested in the community for the long term," Conniff told the Eagle. "We feel that Park Slope has the biggest community of residents and businesses with that commitment to their home and their neighbors, and that's the vibe we want in our shack – regulars and friendly faces, and lot of frequent diner cards on the wall.”

The two storefronts were the longtime home of Joe's Shoe Repair and the His & Hers Social and Athletic Club, and had been scaffolded for the better part of the past 7 years before facade reconstruction began a couple weeks ago.

Tuesday
Feb112014

Pharmacy Coming to Former Odd Twin Space on 5th

It's been a little under five months since Odd Twin, the vintage chothing and accessories shop that opened on the corner of 5th and Degraw in 2009, closed up shop, and a new tenant has been lined up for the space: a pharmacy.

Not many details are available, but the owners have been granted a permit to build out a new storefront so we can expect to see a sidewalk shed go up in the coming weeks.

Considering the size of the space, we can probably expect this pharmacy to resemble many of the other corner pharmacies in the area, most of which are up on Seventh. There actually aren't any pharmacies to be found on the stretch of 5th between Emcon near Bergen and Neergard near 9th Street, so this one should do quite well for those looking to grab something quick.

Photo via Park Slope Stoop

Thursday
Jan302014

A Sneak Peek at Taco Santo, Opening Saturday

The neighborhood's newest taqueria will be opening on February 1, and I had the opportunity to drop by and see what they have in store.

The menu is pretty simple and straightforward (click on it for a larger image), with a handful of tacos topping out at $5, and a few additional items like quesadillas, huaraches, flan, and rice and beans. I tried the braised rabbit taco (below), a lobster taco, and mushroom, and can say that this is seriously gourmet. You'll most likely need a few of these to fill up (they're relatively small, averaging about 3 bites), but are worth the price: tortillas are made to order and only super-high quality ingredients are used. The $5 for a dozen tortillas also are a pretty good deal.

Front-of-house and bar manager Corey Lange has put together a pretty solid bar program, as well: There's a handful of beers on draft, including the Mexican Victoria, and there's a small but focused selection of mezcals and cocktails based on them.

The restaurant looks pretty much the same as it did when it was Fort Reno, but the counter, which used to be where you'd place your order and pick up your food, will now be additional seating as they've switched to table service. When they open the hours will be fairly standard, but as the goal is to be a place where you either begin or end your evening, they're planning on eventually staying open until 2 a.m.