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Open for Business: Brooklyn Rock, 454 Dean Street

A new shop selling hand-painted t-shirts, sweatshirts, and other witty Brooklyn-themed items opened a couple weeks ago in a tiny storefront on the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Dean Street, right across from the Barclays Center, providing a bit of subversive fun in an area that's quickly becoming corporate.

It's owned by the husband and wife duo of Chris Smith and Yukiko Wada (both artists) along with business partner Seth Braunstein, who has a long history in underground streetwear. They've been making shirts for 10 years, and had a small stand in the recently-closed DeKalb Market. They also supply local stores like AREA Kids and Chair-Man, but this is their first full-on brick and mortar storefront.

Behind the brightly painted facade lies an organized, slightly offbeat-looking shop, with surprises at every turn. At least one of the owners is always on hand to walk you through the merchandise, should you need a hand. There are mugs that read "I got mugged in Brooklyn." One t-shirt depicts a basketball player being chased by a net-wielding mob; the tagline: Brooklyn Nets. The puns are all over shirts, aprons, totes, and sweatshirts: "Strike a Poseur," "Om Sweet Om," "Lawn Guy Land," "Shul of Rock." Others are more direct: "Rich people make bad art," "That's Sooo... Park Slope," "Brooklyn: Entertaining Manhattan Since 1646."

"We're counterbalancing the highbrow," said Braunstein, whose background includes designing clothing for Notorious B.I.G. "All the silkscreening is done right here in the shop, and we're open every day from noon to 11 PM."

Brooklyn Rock, 454 Dean Street Brooklyn NY 11217.


Closed for Business: Yogo Monster, 90 Fifth Avenue

Two months after a For Rent sign went up in the front window of Yogo Monster, the fro-yo shop on Seventh Avenue between Union and Berkeley, the store has closed for business.

It's been an interesting time for fro-yo in the neighborhood, with the arrival of Pinkberry, Yogurberry, Pearl Gate (and soon-to-open Yogurtland), and the closure of longtime shops like Yogo Monster and Oko. Business has been flagging for Yogo Monster for quite some time, and a recent renovation and menu expansion didn't do much to help.


Brooklyn Central Pizza Launching Brunch This Weekend

When Park Slope's newest high-end pizzeria, Brooklyn Central, opened earlier this month, co-owner Matthew Hyland (above) told me that they'd be rolling our brunch service "within a month." He was true to his word, because it's launching this weekend.

The restaurant, on Fifth Avenue between First and Second Streets, will serve brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM. A selection of pizzas from the regular menu will be available, along with some breakfasty items like the Mr. Crock (ham, 2 eggs, gruyere, and truffle oil), Rafa’s Desayuno (chorizo, eggs, onions, crema and cilantro) and the Banana Stonecake (bananas, pecans, maple syrup and cinnamon sugar).

Pizza for breakfast? Sure!


Thai Sky Out, Luck Thai In on Fifth

Thai Sky, the mixed-reviewed Thai restaurant on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Sixth Street, quietly changed ownership a couple months ago. Even though Thai Sky's awning was still up, the new restaurant set up shop and introduced a new name and menu, and recently pasted some temporary signage to the front windows while removing any remaining presence of the previous occupant.

Called Luck Thai, the menu is more expansive than that of Thai Sky, with a quality lunch special and a few surprises like labb, Thai roti, duck Pad Thai, big bowl noodle soup, and Thai beef jerky. The decor is the same, they deliver, and like Thai Sky they're open daily from 11:30 AM to 10 PM.

Luck Thai, 386 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215. 718-499-1888.


Open for Business: Padrino's Pizza, 450 Fifth Avenue

It was only a week ago that I first got word that a new pizzeria, Padrino's, was in the works in the space last occupied by a small electronics shop on Fifth between Ninth and Tenth, and on Saturday the slice joint opened for business.

It's a fairly straightforward, no-frills space, with a counter displaying the pies up front and a decent-sized, if sterile, seating area in the back.

The menu is about what you would expect from a New York pizzeria, with a small selection of appetizers like garlic bread, mozzarella sticks, and chicken rolls, a few salads, heros including meatball parm and grilled chicken with broccoli rabe, and your usual assortment of penne and linguini in sauce. There are also baked dishes like stuffed shells and lasagna, and entrees like veal parm served with your choice of pasta. Fried calzones are also available.

Pizza is clearly the main draw, though, and plain pies sell for $14 (slices are $2). Sicilian and "Grandma"-style pies are also available, with traditional toppings going for $3, as well as some more oddball ones like salad, buffalo chicken, pancetta and arugula, and sausage with broccoli rabe. There's also a Nutella Lover's Pie, topped with Nutella and your choice of strawberry, banana, or marshmallow.

Padrino's, 450 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215. 347-987-3331. Free Delivery.