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Thursday
Jan292015

Brooklyn Lyceum Turning into — What Else? — Luxury Condos

Say farewell to the Brooklyn Lyceum as a public space. Crain's is reporting that the landmarked building on Fourth Avenue will be turned into two or three luxury condo units, with retail space on the ground floor. A 12-story building that will hold about 70 rental units will be constructed on the vacant lot next door.

The building, which has been a home for lots of local theatre and emerging artists in recent years, was auctioned off back in October after going info foreclosure, and real estate investment firm Greystone snatched it up for $7.6 million, along with the lot next door for an additional $13.5 million.

The building's facade is slated to be restored, albeit with retail access on the ground floor (CVS, anyone?), a process that can take some time because the Landmarks Preservation Commission will be involved, according to DNAinfo. If all goes to plan, the new apartments will be ready for their wealthy renters by early 2017.

Tuesday
Jan062015

Blue Bottle Coffee Coming to 203 Seventh Avenue

Happy New Year, Park Slope! Some good news to report for coffee lovers: Blue Bottle Coffee will be opening a location at 203 Seventh Avenue, between Second and Third Streets, in the space last occupied by Ocean Fish Market.

Eater is reporting that the Oakland, Calif.-based roaster, which opened its first New York location in 2010 after developing a rabid following on the West Coast, will be opening in the spring with a food menu, and that they'll also be taking advantage of the small outdoor space on the corner of Third Street.

Blue Bottle focuses on single-origin beans brewed within 48 hours of roasting, and they're fiercely dedicated to brewing coffee properly, and there are currently seven New York locations.

Tuesday
Dec162014

A Peek Inside Bricolage, Opening Soon in Brooklyn Fish Camp Space

About two months ago I first reported that a "modern Vietnamese gastropub" from veterans of one of the country's best Vietnamese restaurants would be opening at 162 Fifth Avenue (between St. Johns and Lincoln), in the space last home to Brooklyn Fish Camp. The restaurant has been given a name, and construction is moving along at a rapid clip.

A notice in the window revealed that Bricolage will be the name. The word means "a construction or creation from a diverse range of available things," which most likely reflects the philosophy. Not much in the way of details are currently available, but the duo behind the restaurant, Lien and Edward Lin, spent most of their careers with one of San Francisco's best modern Asian restaurants, The Slanted Door.

Construction was been moving at a brisk pace for the past several weeks, with workers inside the space on a near-daily basis. A look inside reveals that the layout appears to be similar to that of Fish Camp before it, with a narrow bar in front and dining room in the back. The color scheme is low-key, with lots of exposed brick and dark wood.

This restaurant's impending arrival has remained under the radar, but judging by the provenance of the chefs, I have a feeling that we're in for something good.

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.