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Beauty Bar, Ollie & Ry Spaces On The Market

Two prime Fifth Avenue storefronts have appeared on Craigslist within the past couple weeks: Beauty Bar, the outpost of the popular mini-chain between Garfield and Carroll; and Ollie and Ry, the still-new bagel and sandwich shop a block further north.

Beauty Bar, which took over half of the space formerly occupied by Ozzie's Coffee in 2012, has a solid concept but never really found a niche in an area with no shortage of great watering holes. They recently started offering free hot dogs with every $10 purchase but put an end to that, but their $5 PBR tall boy and shot of Evan Williams deal is still a certified steal. It's one of the few storefronts with a frontage that's parallel to Fifth Avenue, making for a truly great space. The 1,400 square foot space is on the market for $8,500.

As for Ollie and Ry, this is one business that sadly seemed misguided from the get-go. The two chefs who opened it in February had a good idea — sell quality coffee, baked goods, bagels, and sandwiches inspired by their Korean and Chinese heritages — but the space never really came together, they didn't develop much of an online presence or buzz, and it just never found a footing. Which is a shame: these guys really know how to cook, and their house-cured salmon is among the best I've had. Hopefully they can find a place that allows them to make the most of their talents. The 2,400 square foot space (which includes a full kitchen, two walk-ins, and bagel-making equipment left over from its time as Bageltique) is available for $6,300, which isn't a bad deal.


Tutta Pasta Space on Seventh is For Rent

Tutta Pasta, one of those restaurants that always seems to have people in it even though nobody ever admits to going there, has been put on the market. The 3,000 square foot space, on Seventh between First and Garfield, is for rent for a negotiable rate that's "currently $45 PSF below market," according to a listing that Park Slope Stoop first spotted.

The no-frills red sauce joint has served standard Italian fare, heavy on the olive oil, cheese, and fried stuff, for well over a decade, and was apparently doing well enough that the owners opened a (now closed) second location in Hoboken and a pizza spot, Piccola Uva, across the street. While the restaurant is certainly a dependable standby for some, it's not exactly breaking new culinary ground, and you'd be hard-pressed to find many people surprised by the news.

With seating for 140 plus sidewalk seating, a full bar, and a liquor license, this is a prime spot for a deep-pocketed restaurateur who's looking to make their stamp in Park Slope. I could see Sarabeth's doing quite well in this spot.


Rare Earth Space on the Market for $8,000/Month

The space on Bergen Street near 5th Avenue that's been home to restaurant Rare Earth since it opened last summer is on the market.

The restaurant had the same owner as Melt before it, Muguette Siem A Sjoe, and was focused on "wholesome, fresh, naturally grown ingredients, served at its peak harvest time." While the menu was creative, nothing about it brought in crowds, and there wasn't much to differentiate it from its predecessor.

The 1,800-foot space is going for $8,000 per month, or $4.44/sf, according to the listing. I'm still holding out hope that City Sub may decide to make a triumphant return.

Photo via Loopnet


Chip Shop on the Market for $9,300/Month

Chip Shop, on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Sixth Street, is on the market for $9,300 per month. An "Available" sign has gone up in the front window, and an ad has gone up on Craigslist advertising the "Prime Park Slope Storefront."

"This great double wide corner space is in the heart of Park Slope right on 5th Ave," the ad, placed by Ideal Properties' Patrick Russell, reads. "The location cannot be beat and it is a great size as well. Call today to check it out." The rate is about average for the neighborhood these days.

Chip Shop has been a popular spot for those looking for something a little different since opening in 2001, and it's one of the few full-on British restaurants in the city. Their traditional British fare like fish and chips, shepherd's pie, and bangers and mash are undeniably tasty, and are also undeniably unhealthy, which certainly keeps plenty of people away. But it's also popular with younger couples, groups, and families with young children, and is a quirky, fun, and most importantly, unique restaurant in a neighborhood that certainly needs them.

Many thanks to readers for sending in the photo and listing link.


Garfield Farm Space on 7th on the Market for $17,500/Month

Garfield Farm, the bodega and fruit stand on the corner of Seventh and Garfield, shut down recently, and the space is available for a whopping $17,500/month, making it quite possibly the highest-rent vacant space in the neighborhood.

The 2,100 square foot space joins plenty of other vacant storefronts on this stretch of the avenue with outrageous asking prices, like the Chiles & Chocolate space ($12,800) and the Yogo Monster space ($10,500) next door. The Sweet Melissa Space near First Street is on the market for $14,000, The Walk-In Cookbook space is available for $9,500, and the former Two Boots space is for rent for an astronomical $16,000.

The landlord and real estate company involved with renting out the building told Park Slope Stoop that they don't want to space to remain vacant for long, and are looking for a "business that can satisfy the needs of the community without corroding the feel of the neighborhood.” The agent also pointed out to me in an email that it's "renting at below market value in order to attract some locally grown businesses that can flourish in this spot."

It's a nice sentiment, but I'm not sure how many mom and pop shops can afford rent that high, unfortunately.