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Wednesday
Aug062014

The Painted Pot to Move into Seventh Avenue's "Drip" Building

The Painted Pot, the kid-friendly pottery studio that opened in March 2012 in the then-newly refurbished storefront at 72 7th Avenue, between Lincoln and Berkeley, is in the process of moving into the "Drip" Building on 7th between Second and Third Streets, last occupied by City Home Lending.

Owner Lisa Mendoza told Park Slope Stoop that they'd outgrown their current narrow space and wanted more room to host parties and potentially spinning wheel classes. She was also unhappy with a storefront that was "hidden by the garbage cans and the dark facade" and wanted something more "welcoming and noticeable," an ironic sentiment considering the fact the building's owner spent what must have been hundreds of thousands of dollars renovating the building's two adjacent storefronts after La Taqueria moved out, ideally to make them more attractive to both renters and passersby.

It's also sad to note that both of those spaces will now be empty (Noella Brew Bar and The Walk-In Cookbook previously occupied the building's other storefront), and judging by the half-dozen or so other empty storefronts on the northern end of the avenue, they'll be empty for a while.

If all goes to plan, the studio will re-open mid-September in the building owned by artist Mark Ravitz, who has been installing his unique brand of street art on the brick facade for more than 30 years. It'll be the second ground-floor tenant since a fire damaged the building in 2012, and is also a nice continuation of the artistic theme.

Wednesday
May282014

City Sub Moving Up The Block, Possibly into Melt Space

City Sub, the always-popular sandwich shop that's been on Bergen Street between Fifth and Flatbush Avenues for nearly 30 years, has been shuttered for the past few weeks. They're not closed for good, however; they're just moving into a new location on the same block, according to a sign posted in the front window.

The entire rest of the block from there on up to Flatbush is owned by Michael Pintchik, and while there's a chance that they might be moving into one of those "premium" properties, it seems much more likely that they're moving into the space next door that was last home to restaurant Melt. Not only was the space already a pre-existing restaurant, a new restaurant has been under construction inside it since March.

City Sub is one of the few businesses in the neighborhood that commands a line literally out the door on a near-daily basis, they also have the luxury of closing at 4:30 daily, except for Thursdays, when they're closed all day. Hopefully nothing gets lost in translation during the move; these are some good, old-school deli sandwiches.

Many thanks to reader Adam for sending in the photos.

Monday
Mar102014

El Gran Castillo De Jagua to Move into Z-7 Diner Space up Flatbush

It's been known for a few months that the landord who owns the building that's home to Dominican restaurant El Gran Castillo De Jagua has been trying to push them out, and it appears as if he's accomplished that task. They'll be closing up shop at the end of March, but luckily, they're not moving far.

Over the weekend 7-Z Classic Diner, the mediocre eatery that replaced the popular Parkside Diner in 2012 on 7th between Park and Sterling, shut down, and signs were put up in the window saying that "El Gran Castillo de Jagua is relocating to this location." I took a short walk to Gran Castillo, which has occupied the corner space six storefronts away for the past 40 years, and a manager told me that they'll be leaving the space on March 31.

It was previously rumored that they'd be moving into the gutted space up the block last occupied by a mattress store if forced to close, but this is actually far more promising news, for obvious reasons. It's still a decent-sized space, and there's already a long counter and a full kitchen. It appears as if the Z-7 folks packed up pretty quickly and left most of their equipment behind, so hopefully the closure doesn't last for too long.

This stretch of Flatbush Avenue is one of the most-coveted stretches of real estate in the city at the moment, and landlord Stuart Venner of Vlacke Bos Realty has been in the process of booting out other tenants of this prime corner, including a barber shop and bakery Little Miss Muffin ‘N’ Her Stuffin', for months. An emergency care facility is slated to move in the space next door that has been vacant since 2011; hopefully the fact that temp signage has been up for 10 months is not an indicator that this corner will remain vacant for years as well.

Gran Castillo has been the anchor of this block for decades, but it's nice to see that they'll just be moving a few storefronts up. The manager assured me that the menu will remain exactly the same.

Tuesday
Jan142014

El Gran Castillo de Jagua's Plan B: Moving up the Avenue

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.

Friday
Sep202013

Mega Glass to Close, Chocolate Room to Move In

Four months after being put on the market, one of the oldest businesses in the neighborhood and one of the only remaining craftsmen's workshops east of Fourth Avenue, Mega Glass and Sashes, on Fifth between St. Marks and Bergen, will officially be closing its doors soon, and The Chocolate Room, the popular cafe a block away devoted entirely to chocolate, will be moving in.

Park Slope Patch is reporting that The Chocolate Room's rent skyrocketed, and owners Naomi Josepher and Jon Payson reached a deal with Mega Glass' landlord where the asking price was lowered to an affordable point. According to the report, "they intend to keep and restore many parts of the shop," but Mega Glass is such a no-frills operation, with nothing but tools, an ancient work table, and even older shelves and cubbyholes, that it's basically impossible to figure out what aspects of it can be incorporated into a chocolate cafe. And while the report mentions that the business is "over 50 years" old, it's in fact 101 years old, run by the Swir family from 1912 to 1972, when it was taken over by the current owners, the Garrastegui family.

The new owners will be moving out of their current space when the lease expires on January 31 and into this much larger one shortly thereafter, and will also be opening up the backyard.