It was revealed in a December Daily News article that Dominican favorite El Gran Castillo de Jagua, on the highly visible corner of Flatbush, Park, and Carlton, was being forced out of their location of 40 years by landlord Stuart Venner of Vlacke Bos LLC. I dropped by the restaurant, best known for its roast pork, mofongo, and rotisserie chicken, last night and asked the counterman how things were coming along.
"We won't know anything for at least a couple months," he told me. "We're going to court so it could take a while." He added that if they should lose this battle and be forced to vacate the building, they've already worked out a deal to move to 367 Flatbush Avenue, about half a block away, in the space last occupied by a mattress shop.
The landlord is trying to boot all the other retail tenants of the small cluster of buildings, including a barber shop and (fantastic) bakery Little Miss Muffin ‘N’ Her Stuffin, to bring in higher-paying tenants. The stretch between the Barclays Center and Grand Army Plaza is one of the most sought-after in the borough, according to the article, and "spaces that used to rent for a few thousand dollars a month now cost as much as $15,000 to $20,000."
The most recent victim was Christie's Jamaican Patties, which closed after nearly 50 years last week and now only exists as a food truck. Thankfully, it appears as if we'll have Gran Castillo around for a while longer, no matter what.