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Checking In On (The Restaurant Formerly Known As) M. Helen

It's been a little while since we broke the news that a new restaurant from Greg Yerman, the owner of Burrito Bar, would be coming to the corner of Park and Flatbush Avenues, and Patch got its hands on a few more details about what we can expect.

First, and most importantly, Its no longer called M. Helen, which was Yerman's grandmother's name. It's now called Carlton Park, which (no offense to his grandma) is a much better choice, in my opinion. It's a classy, pleasant-sounding name, and the fact that it's also the names of two of the streets it abuts makes it a no-brainer.

Second, it looks like they're going full-steam ahead with the farm-to-table, fresh, seasonal approach. Some examples: salt-roasted red-and-yellow beet salad with toasted hazel nuts and burrata to start, and Long Island duck breast with port wine reduction, caramelized Brussels sprouts and sautéed spaetzle as a main. Entrees will average $15-22. Breakfast will also be served (with some grab and go items to pick up on your way to the subway), and a juice bar is in the works.

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French/Hungarian Cafe Heading for Seventh Ave. Ozzie's Space

It's official: the space that was last occupied by Ozzie's Coffee, on Seventh Avenue and Lincoln Place, will next be home to a French/Hungarian cafe and wine bar, a partnership between Couleur Cafe owner Murat Ozcan and friend Gabor Ferencz.

As the lease was only signed ten days ago, there aren't too many specific details in place, but during a chat with Ozcan this morning, he made it clear that the goal is to become as much of a neighborhood gathering place as Couleur, which is down on the other end of the avenue, near 15th Street.

The menu will emphasize fresh, high-quality ingredients, prepared from scratch to order, like at Couleur, but the similarities will stop there. "This isn't a franchise," emphasized Ozcan. "The philosophy is the same, but it is completely different, a brand new project."

Ozcan has a great eye for design, and I'm happy to report that not only will they be preserving the vintage fixtures from the pharmacy that occupied the space nearly 100 years ago and working them into the design, they'll be restoring details that were covered up during its tenure as Ozzie's.

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A Peek Inside Beauty Bar, Under Construction on Fifth Avenue

The intriguing news that some of the space belonging to Ozzie's Coffee, on Fifth Avenue between Garfield and Carroll, would be handed over to Beauty Bar broke about a month ago, and work inside the space seems to be progressing very nicely.

A full half of the formerly huge coffee shop will be taken over by the female-oriented bar, which got its start in the East Village and has since expanded to include 10 more locations all across the country. It's essentially a bar/salon hybrid, but I don't think many customers will go there to just get their nails done, if you know what I mean.

The space is starting to take shape, and it looks like the bar itself will be oval, or horseshoe-shaped.


Checking in on Greenwood Park, The Beer Garden Heading for 20th Street

It's technically in Greenwood Heights, but still certainly warrants a discussion here. A giant beer garden has been in the works for months all the way down on Seventh Avenue and 19th Street, and while there's still plenty of construction left, it's poised to become a prime drinking destination.

It's the brainchild of Bay Ridge native Ted Mann, a restaurateur who currently has a hand in 9 bars, restaurants, and venues in the borough (including Cubana Social, Apt 138, Public Assembly, and Bar 4). He also happens to be Ted Nugent's son, which struck me as worth mentioning.

A couple days ago Brownstoner got a sneak peek of the beer garden, which is shaping up to open within a few months. It stretches the entire length of the block, and will boast dozens of beer on tap, a fire pit, and ample outdoor seating.

Looking good!


Big News: McDonald's Most Likely Coming to Seventh and Union

UPDATE: Looks like it'll be a Charles Schwab, not McDonald's. Whew!

I hinted yesterday that there was a big chain-related scoop in the works, and here it is: There's a very high probability that 100B Seventh Avenue's next tenant will be McDonald's. I say this without ultimate confirmation because the source was a worker inside the space (as opposed to Corporate, which was unable to comment), but in past experience contractors tend to be trustworthy sources.

The space, which is on Seventh between Union and President (where Kaplan tutoring used to be), is certainly large enough to hold the Golden Arches (it stretches back pretty far). Big chains have traditionally held off on coming to the neighborhood because many storefronts are too small to accommodate them, but that doesn't seem to be the case here.