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Hungry Ghost Coffee Bar & Cafe Coming to 253 Flatbush Ave

A new cafe is in the works in the large space that was last home to New York Naturals, on the northeast corner of Sixth and Flatbush Avenues. Called Hungry Ghost, it comes from the owner of Prospect Perk, the tiny cafe further up the avenue, and will feature Stumptown Coffee and baked goods from local favorite Little Buddy Biscuit Company, which had been looking for a new home since their Fifth Avenue shop closed a little over a year ago.

The owner, Istanbul native Murat Uyaroglu, took some time to fill me in on what else we can expect. "We want to be a great local coffee shop, a place to grab some coffee on your way to the subway, or a place to meet up with friends for lunch or dinner," he said. "It will be a little more upscale than Prospect Perk, with a full bakery in-house and lots of room to sit."

The simple menu will feature 10-15 varieties of sandwiches, along with soups, salads, and baked goods from Little Buddy, who's owner/head baker will also be head chef.

Over time, Murat hopes to add beer and wine to the menu, and have special events like comedy nights. He hopes to soft-open by late March.


Pure Restaurant Gets Temporary Signage on Fifth

I noticed last week that construction on Pure, the restaurant that's been in the works for months in the old Calexico space on Fifth between Warren and St. Marks, was really coming along. Right on cue, the owners have posted some temporary signage to the newly-installed glass storefront.

This confirms the restaurant's name, but the rest of the wording on the bistro's sign is essentially just a jumble of food-related words, like "yummy," "thirst," and "savory." It also indicates that they'll be opening up by the end of the month, so we won't have to wait too long for more details about what we can expect. Here's a peek inside.



Chez Bibis Burger Bar Coming to Oko Space on Fifth


Oko Frozen Yogurt, which closed down back in November at 152 Fifth Avenue (between Degraw and Douglass), will be replaced by a new restaurant called Chez Bibis Burger Bar. Temporary signage went up on Saturday, when I had a chance to briefly chat with the excited new owners about their plans for the space.

"We'll have great burgers, sandwiches, salads, and wraps, and everything will be very inexpensive," said one owner, who has a background in catering. "You'll come in with some friends, grab a burger and a beer, and be on your merry way."

They also plan to showcase the work of local artists (and will soon be calling for submissions), and hope to be open by April. 


Restaurant Called "Backyard" to Replace Kappa Sake House


Shortly before the much-underappreciated homestyle Japanese restaurant Kappa Sake House shuttered over New Years' weekend, rumor spread that the space, on Fifth Avenue between Sixth and Seventh Streets, would next be home to a family-friendly restaurant serving "backyard-type food" like potato salad and deviled eggs.

Well that certainly appears to be the case, as earlier this morning temporary signage went up, according to a tipster. Looks like they're taking the concept quite literally, as the restaurant will be called Backyard.

I'll keep you updated as to exactly what else is in store as soon as I'm able to speak to an owner, but if they stick with cookout staples like hot dogs and hamburgers, this place could be a real winner with families come summertime (and kids from the school a block over on their lunch break, if they can swing it). Word is that they've also secured a liquor license.


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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