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Wednesday
Feb252015

A Peek Inside the New Fifth Avenue Buttermilk Bakeshop, Opening Saturday

Buttermilk Bakeshop, the super-popular bakery on Seventh Avenue near Ninth Street, closed on Monday in order to transfer their kitchen equipment up to their soon-to-open second location, on Fifth Avenue between Garfield and Carroll, in the space last occupied by Trois Pommes Patisserie. The Seventh Avenue location will be closed until later this week.

The owner, pastry chef Katie Rosenhouse, posted a photo to Facebook yesterday (above) of the interior of the new location, which is slated to open on Saturday. It looks like the layout will be similar to Trois Pommes, with a display counter (and ice cream) up front. Classes will be held in the back area, and all the baking will also be done on-premises.

Tuesday
Feb032015

Buttermilk Bakeshop Opening New Location in Trois Pommes Space on Fifth

One bakery moves out, another bakery moves in. Nearly a year since Trois Pommes Patisserie moved out of its storefront at 260 Fifth Avenue (between Garfield and Carroll), there's some exciting news to report: A second, larger location of the incredibly popular Buttermilk Bakeshop, which opened nearly exactly a year ago on Seventh Avenue near Ninth Street, is coming to the space.

Run by pastry chef Katie Rosenhouse, Buttermilk specializes in cakes, pies, cupcakes, cookies, breakfast pastries, ice cream, and killer chocolate croissant bread pudding, all made fresh throughout the day. The original shop is only 300 square feet, so this 850 square foot space will be much roomier.

According to Rosenhouse, the new location will "have all the favorites from the Seventh Avenue shop, along with a variety of cakes available for pickup," and "the center of the bakery will be reserved for on-site baking classes," which will be taught often. There will still be room for a handful of tables and chairs.

If all goes to plan, the bakery should be open by early March at the latest.

Tuesday
Dec162014

A Peek Inside Bricolage, Opening Soon in Brooklyn Fish Camp Space

About two months ago I first reported that a "modern Vietnamese gastropub" from veterans of one of the country's best Vietnamese restaurants would be opening at 162 Fifth Avenue (between St. Johns and Lincoln), in the space last home to Brooklyn Fish Camp. The restaurant has been given a name, and construction is moving along at a rapid clip.

A notice in the window revealed that Bricolage will be the name. The word means "a construction or creation from a diverse range of available things," which most likely reflects the philosophy. Not much in the way of details are currently available, but the duo behind the restaurant, Lien and Edward Lin, spent most of their careers with one of San Francisco's best modern Asian restaurants, The Slanted Door.

Construction was been moving at a brisk pace for the past several weeks, with workers inside the space on a near-daily basis. A look inside reveals that the layout appears to be similar to that of Fish Camp before it, with a narrow bar in front and dining room in the back. The color scheme is low-key, with lots of exposed brick and dark wood.

This restaurant's impending arrival has remained under the radar, but judging by the provenance of the chefs, I have a feeling that we're in for something good.

Thursday
Oct092014

Two Boots Coming to Terroir Space on Fifth

Terroir Park Slope put its space up for rent about five months ago, and when it closed in August we knew that a new tenant had been lined up, but not who it would be. Well, now we know: Two Boots is coming back to the neighborhood.

A reliable source who asked to remain anonymous confirmed the rumors that have been swirling for weeks, and not only is the Manhattan-based Cajun-style pizza mini-chain moving into the space on the corner of Fifth and First, the owners are hoping to open next month.

Before Two Boots closed its location on Second Street just east of Seventh Avenue (after 25 years there) back in November of last year, the owners -- minus founder John Touhey -- vowed to re-open in the same space after some "big changes." Those never came to pass, and the space is still for rent for an insanely high sum of $16,000.

This one will be much smaller than the Seventh Avenue location, which leads me to believe that the menu will be closer to what's offered at the East Village spot than the way it was before: about a dozen specialty pizzas, a couple dozen topping options, and a handful of po' boys and salads versus a full menu of Cajun entrees, pastas, and burgers.

Wednesday
Sep172014

Luke's Lobster Finally Makes it Official on Fifth

It was a little over a year ago when Luke's Lobster, one of the city's most popular spots for lobster rolls, first told me that they were planning on opening a location in the neighborhood, and seven months since they confirmed that they were heading to 237 5th Avenue, between Berkeley and Carroll. Little to no work has actually taken place inside the space since then, however, leading some to believe that the deal had fallen through, but now the plywood has come down and Luke's-branded construction paper has gone up in the windows.

A rep for the company told me a couple months ago that the holdup was due to permitting issues, much like the ones that plagued Calexico (which still doesn't have a liquor license), and that as soon as the permits went through the buildout could take as little as a month. Last night he confirmed for me that the papers are indeed all in order, and that an opening date will be set soon.

Photo via Jay S.