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Monday
Aug252014

Nunu Chocolates Coming to Caramello Space at 179 5th Avenue

Nunu Chocolates, the successful Brooklyn-based chocolatier whose offerings are sold nationwide, will be opening up a cafe and shop in the space on Fifth between Lincoln and Berkeley last occupied by cannoli shop A'Putia, and before that Caramello.

I ran into Andy Laird, who runs the company with partner Justine Pringle, and he told me that the new shop will feature a wide selection of truffles and caramels, a cafe, and 10 different craft beers on tap. There's another brick and mortar location, on Atlantic between 3rd and 4th, which is also their flagship and factory.

Nunu Chocolates are a staple at specialty stores citywide (locally, they're available at Annie's Blue Ribbon, Blue Apron, Bierkraft, The Ploughman, and Union Market), and has a stellar reputation. Each (addictively good) chocolate is made by hand, and the single-origin cocoa comes from a sustainable family-run farm in Colombia. Their salt caramels are super-popular, along with absinthe, raspberry, and hazelnut ganache-filled chocolates, and their hot chocolate. 

The Chocolate Room is in the process of moving into a larger space a half-dozen blocks away and has a similar business plan, but something tells me that there's plenty of room for Nunu in the neighborhood, especially with such a stellar reputation.

If everything goes to plan, Laird told me, the cafe should be open within a month.

Tuesday
Jul222014

Menu Revealed for Pizza Superstar, Coming Soon to Dean Street

The tiny stretch of Dean Street between Fifth and Flatbush Avenues is shaping up to be quite a dining destination: Kulushkat and Broccolino are already popular spots, and Patsy's Pizza is under construction just a couple doors down. But right next door to Broccolino, the Italian restaurant's owners are planning a second eatery, and it'll be called Pizza Superstar.

The name might leave something to be desired, but based on a rendering that recently went up on the under-construction restaurant's plywood, it looks like it'll be a cute little pizza place (click to expand).

A full website is already up, complete with a menu: 17 pizzas will be on offer, ranging from "Tradizionali" (Margherita, Salame Piccante, 4 Formaggi) to "Speciali" (Amatriciana, Bresaola & Rucola, Potatoes & Pancetta). There will also be three calzones, including one filled with Parmesan, ricotta, gorgonzola, and mozzarella.The pizza oven is made by Stefano Ferrara, one of the top brands.

This looks like it'll be more of a straight-ahead Neapolitan-style pizzeria, a totally different style from the classic New York variety that Patsy's is known for, so there's actually not too much in the way of competition. The more the merrier, I say!

Wednesday
Jul092014

Bogota Owners Bringing Miti Miti Taperia to 138 5th Avenue

It was announced back in November that the owners of popular Latin restaurant Bogota would be opening a new arepa shop in the space on 5th Avenue between Butler and Douglass last occupied by Voodoo Lounge, but it appears as if the concept has changed: signage has gone up in the front window for a new restaurant called Miti Miti Taperia.

Miti Miti shares a name with a line of sauces and plantain chips owned by the same duo who own the perpetually-packed Bogota, Farid Ali Lancheros and George Constantinou, and judging by the name it looks like they've scrapped the arepa concept for one centered on tapas, which certainly works for me.

Here's a post about the new restaurant that was recently posted on Constant Contact:

"We are excited to share the news of our upcoming restaurant with an expected opening date of sometime in September of 2014.  Nine years in the making, Miti Miti Taperia will be located just a hop, skip and a jump away from our current location on 5th Avenue. The name comes from the spanish slang for "half and half" ("mitad y mitad"). The menu will consist of small and large plates meant to be shared. The Miti Miti experience is meant to evoke not just sharing of food, but sharing of good times, laughter, joy, friendship, great conversation, and memories. Yes, the concept will be different but the values that have made Bogota Latin Bistro a popular dining destination both within and outside of the community will remain the same."

I've reached out to Lancheros for additional details and will update if I hear back.

Tuesday
Jul082014

Facade Revealed, Signage Up at Flatbush Avenue Shake Shack

Construction has been progressing on the second Brooklyn location of Shake Shack, coming to Flatbush Avenue between Dean and Pacific Streets, since soon after the rumors were confirmed back in February, and it appears that they're getting ready to open.

The sidewalk shed has come down (revealing an attractive restoration of the facade, which had been covered with metal sheeting for decades) and signage has gone up.

The understated sign is standard for the chain, with a Neutraface font that will light up in neon. There's also a smaller burger-shaped vertical sign jutting from the brick at far left.

Meanwhile, the interior appears to be nearing completion. It looks like the majority of fixtures (including at least two televisions) have been installed, with just the finishing touches remaining. Here's a peek above the contstruction paper:

The entrance (at right) will most likely lead right up to the metal counter, with a large seating area to the left (with benches seating 4-6 along the far left wall) and more seating up against the front windows, facing the Barclays Center directly across the street.

Monday
Jun162014

Mr. Lime Fruit and Vegetables Coming to Kim's Grocery Space on 7th

Kim's, the dependable 24-7 bodega on Seventh Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets, has been closed for the past couple months, and now we know what's replacing it: a new shop called Mr. Lime Fruit and Vegetables.

Last month, Park Slope Stoop reported that Kim's owners, who'd run the shop for the past 30 years, had decided to retire, and that the new owners "plan to keep the space much the same as it was, but may add some food prep." A tipster also let me know that the space has been gutted, and a new wall has been constructed in the middle of the store.