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Friday
Jan272012

Coming Soon: Barbecue with a Panamanian Twist at Wild Whiskey Warthog

Hot on the heels of the opening of Fort Reno Provisions and the announcement that Dinosaur BBQ will be coming to Union Street near Fourth Avenue, now there's word that a third player is hopping into the Park Slope barbecue pool. Wild Whiskey Warthog, which has quietly been under construction for the past couple months at 209 Fourth Avenue, near Union Street, will be contributing a full menu of traditional barbecue offerings with a Central American twist to the new Brooklyn Barbecue Row when it opens by the end of April.

I had the opportunity to chat with owner Carlos Russell last night, and he filled me in on what's in store for the 2,000 foot space, formerly home to Maria's Mexican Bistro. "It'll be Fusion Barbecue," he said. "My mother is from Alabama and my father is from Panama, so it'll look like barbecue, but will taste different from what you might expect."

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Friday
Jan272012

Timboo's Closes, Skylark Bar Moving In

It was back in December when I brought you the news that Timboo's Bar, unchanged since it opened in 1969, would be closing on New Year's Day. The bar, on Fifth Avenue and 11th Street, managed to stay open for a few extra weeks, but earlier this week the ax finally fell and it closed for good.

Timboo's, which was a combination of owners Timmy Hodgens and Bobby Booras' names, has long been regarded as one of the last of the blue collar watering holes that were once so common in this part of Brooklyn (Seventh Avenue actually used to be lined with them). Now the only ones that remain are Jackie's Fifth Amendment and O'Connor's further up Fifth, which is undergoing a renovation.

But the story thankfully doesn't end here. Time marches on, and Timboo's was just one in a long line of bars that have occupied the space. And another is on its way. Originally Loftus' back in the 40s (and a major hangout for ironworkers), then Steve's in the 50s, then Timboo's, it will next be known as Skylark Bar.

The new owner is Leah Allen, a native New Yorker who along with her husband runs Abilene Bar on Court Street. When reached by email she confirmed that she'll be taking over the space (even though the building will still be owned by Hodgens and Booras), and was kind enough to provide some details. Here's what she had to say:

"We will try to incorporate some of Timboo's charm where we can.  The aesthetic is still unfolding but we are leaning towards the Abilene Bar vibe with a 70s spin.  Most of our decor and some of our building materials have come from Film Biz Prop Shop & Build it Green, two great local business.  We hope to open in April.  We can't wait."

 

No word yet on whether that incredible Empire Diner wallpaper will survive the transition.

Wednesday
Jan252012

More Details Emerge About Park Slope Restaurant Space

Not just any Park Slope restaurant, the Park Slope Restaurant, the diner on Fifth Avenue between 11th and 12th Streets that closed after 36 years in December 2010 and merged with Green Kitchen a few doors down. I dropped by Green Kitchen the other day and had a brief chat with an employee there, who was able to give me a few scraps of information about what will be coming into the plywooded space, which has been under construction for over six months.

He told me that the space is no longer owned by Green Kitchen's owner (as it was originally), so there's no affiliation there, but the new owners have been keeping them in the loop. Even though they'll serve food, it'll be closer to a bar than a restaurant, he said. The food served will be primarily comprised of appetizers (or most likely "small plates," in the parlance of our times), and, most intriguing of all, it will be French.

So let's see where it goes from there.

Monday
Jan232012

Confirmed: Terroir To Take Over Great Lakes Space

Big news: Eater is reporting that Chef Marco Canora and partner Paul Grieco will be opening up an outpost of Terrior, the extraordinarily popular Tribeca wine bar, in the space that was last occupied by Great Lakes Bar, on the corner of Fifth Avenue and First Street.

This will be the fourth Terrior (the others are in the East Village and Murray Hill), and Canora's other restaurant, Hearth, is also wildly successful (as is Canora himself, he won the James Beard Award as executive chef at Craft, ran Michelin-star winning Insieme, and also appeared on Food Network's The Next Iron Chef).

The great news for Slope foodies just keeps piling up. To get you mouth watering, click through for the Tribeca Terroir's menu.

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Monday
Jan232012

Kiku 2.0 to Open Thursday

It only took a few days after 5 year old Moroccan restaurant Babouche closed for the owners of Kiku to snatch up the space, on the corner of Fifth and Lincoln, and it only took them 2 1/2 months to renovate it, develop a new menu, and to open.

The Japanese restaurant has rebranded itself as an "Asian Bistro and Sake Bar," and on Thursday it'll be making its move to the much larger space a few doors down from the original, which will be open for delivery and pick-up only from tonight until Wednesday. After that it'll close for good.

The original

Click here to take a look at what the interior looks like; they've built out a stylish new room for themselves as well as a long sake bar, and my guess is that they won't have any trouble filling the seats, even though up to now it's been most popular with the take-out set. To the best of my knowledge the neighborhood's other two locations (up on Seventh) will remain unchanged.