We first brought you the news back in November that Kiku, a popular Japanese restaurant with brisk take-out service, would be moving into the space that was last home to Moroccan restaurant Babouche, just a few doors down Fifth Avenue, on the corner of Lincoln. They've completed renovating the space, and when I ran into the owner, Wayne, yesterday, he told me that they'll be opening up next week.
The space is probably three times the size of the previous restaurant, which will be closing soon. Half is a spacious dining room, with 32 seats, and the other half is a ten-seat sake bar, the only one in Park Slope, according to Wayne (does Nana's count?). They'll offer a bunch of sake-based cocktails, he said.