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"Pharmacy" Coming to 160 Park Place?

It's been about eight months since New Hapy Taco, the hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant on Park Place between Seventh and Flatbush Avenues (but ostensibly on Flatbush), closed for good after being shut down by the Department of Health. Well, the space has finally been rented, and an intriguing work permit went up recently on the facade (obscured by the roll-down gate in the photo above).

It reads "PROPOSED ALTERATION TO EXISTING COMMERCIAL PHARMACY SPACE," and it also provides for the construction of interior partitions and a new store front.

I'm not sure why the storefront is being called a "pharmacy space," and I'm not incredibly fluent in DOB-ese, but this seems to indicate that the next occupant of the space will in fact be a pharmacy of some sort.

It already seems to have a couple obstacles working against it, though: the space is very small, a giant, 24-hour Duane Reade is literally right across the street, and another large pharmacy, Kings, is a two-minute walk up Flatbush. Maybe "pharmacy" is a catch-all that also incorporates different types of businesses (sort of like the way Culture's permit read "Coffee Shop")?

Time will tell.


Signage Up at Just Salad

A couple days ago Just Salad, the DIY salad shop that's been under construction since September in the space last occupied by the ill-fated Parkslope Eatery, was kind enough to send a tweet in my direction saying that they'd "be opening up soon."

Well lo and behold, they appeared to be tellng the truth. Many thanks to a tipster for sending in the above photo yesterday, of signage that had just gone up on the chain's facade on the corner of Seventh Avenue and Fifth Street.

Even though when I checked in a couple weeks ago it was still clear that there was plenty of work that remained to be done, these buildouts (especially when there's a chain involved) can appear to happen in the blink of an eye once they really get rolling. They also promised that an opening date would be coming soon, so something tells me that we might be getting big salads for lunch (with two free toppings is you reuse the bowl!) a little bit sooner than we think.

Photo via D. Caplan


"Gather" Opening January 22 in Uncle Moe's Space 

It's been well over a year since Uncle Moe's, the burrito and taco shop on Seventh Avenue between Ninth and Tenth Streets, closed up shop after 20 years in business. Back in September I learned that "a cafe" was planned for the space, and now finally details are available about what we can expect: It'll be called Gather, will specialize in prepared foods, and should be opening by the end of the month.

When I dropped in over the weekend I had the opportunity to speak with the chef, who's very excited about finally getting the operation up and running. Construction is complete, and it seems as if just a few last minute details are needed before they open, which should be "by January 22nd," she said.

As for what to expect, there's not much in the way of seating but a large counter featuring a selection of prepared foods that should make for a very solid dinner to take home on your way from the subway. The menu has already been posted online, and while soups and sandwiches are offered, the main focus is on proteins and sides. You can choose from options like chicken, skirt steak, and pork or beef stew, and complement it with a wide assortment of sides including mac and cheese, kale salad, and healthy veggies and such. There will also be daily specials. For breakfast, oatmeal, granola, breakfast sandwiches, and pastries will be on offer, with coffee from Intelligentsia and tea from Kusmi.

All offerings will be made from scratch, using fresh, seasonal ingredients. With an emphasis on healthy prepared foods geared toward takeout, a seemingly cohesive business plan, and a real differentiation from anything else in the area, something tells me that this place will do quite well.


Plaza Cleaners to Close Tomorrow

Plaza Cleaners, the dry cleaner on Seventh Avenue between Union and Berkeley, will be closing tomorrow night. Many thanks to a tipster for sending along the news, which was confirmed by the shop's owner, who added that the closure is due to a new landlord who raised the rent considerably.

Plaza is a no-frills dry cleaner that also does wash and fold, tailoring, and delivery/pick up. I've always been a fan of their 70s-vintage wood-paneled walls, and their arched wooden doorway certainly goes back many years, possibly to the 1930s. 

I'm pretty sure that the facade is landmarked (like the Subway/ former Leaf & Bean a couple doors down), so hopefully the next tenant will take good care of it.

Those who still have clothes there will have until 5 PM tomorrow to pick them up.

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Open for Business: Yogurtland, 207 7th Avenue

An outpost of fro-yo chain Yogurtland opened last week in the space on the corner of Seventh Avenue and Third Street last occupied by Italian restaurant Sette.

The shop (one of nearly 200 in operation) adheres to a formula that's quite familiar by this point, with 16 self-serve varieties on tap and about 40 different toppings. It has a very similar design to Pinkberry, Yogurberry, and the other fro-yo shops in the neighborhood, with the typical curved tile wall, sleek layout, and excessive branding.

That said, it's not an unattractive space (once you get past the magenta exterior), staff is friendly and helpful, and it's a whole four blocks away from the Pinkerry on Garfield. The yogurt and flavorings are all-natural, made with real milk as opposed to powder, and it retains all the probiotics and live cultures.

The shop will be open daily from 11 AM to 11 PM; there's only one other outpost in the city (in Lenox Hill), but something tells me we'll see more open before the fro-yo boom ends.

Yogurtland, 207 7th Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215. Phone: 718-788-1185.