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Monday
Aug152011

Uncle Barry's Bar Coming to 58 Fifth Avenue in the North Slope

The far north end of Fifth Avenue is about to get one more bar. This one, called Uncle Barry's, will be opening by November in the space between St. Marks and Bergen last occupied by garish clothing store New Style, and before that Flight 001.

The corner of Fifth and Bergen has become one of the major nightlife hotspots in the borough, with no less than 5 bars (Black Sheep, Cyprus Avenue, O'Connor's, Wolf and Deer, and Alchemy) within a two-block radius.

I had a chat with Uncle Barry's owners, Josh Ellis and his cousin Jake Treback, earlier today, and it's clear that they welcome the competition.

"I've worked at just about every bar in the area, and the guys at Pacific Standard and 4th Avenue Pub are really my mentors," said Treback, who lives right around the corner. "We're going to be a low-key, unpretentious neighborhood bar with a good happy hour, low lighting, and cheap, quality beer. Somewhere between O'Connor's and Wolf and Deer."

"There'll be a 30-foot long bar, with 18-20 taps and as many bottles," added Ellis. "We'll specialize in craft beer, mostly Belgians and Belgian-style, with some snacks like meat and cheese, and beer nuts."

It's clear that Ellis and Treback love this neighborhood and are very excited to provide residents with a new hangout. The main room will be simply appointed with the long bar and some tables, and a back room will have a couple arcade games. There's a small backyard where they plan on having more seating, and firing up the grill on occasion.

"We know that the arena's getting built up the street, but we want this to be first and foremost a neighborhood hangout," said Ellis. "We'll be open for a year before the arena, so that's really not even on our radar right now."

And who's Uncle Barry? Treback's father, and Ellis' uncle. "We're keeping it all in the family," added Treback.

Uncle Barry's, 58 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn NY 11217.

Wednesday
Aug032011

Goorin Brothers Hat Shop Headed for Fifth Avenue in the North Slope

If you have even a passing interest in hats, have I got some news for you: An outpost of the renowned Goorin Brothers Hat Shop is heading our way, opening this Fall in the space last occupied by home decor shop Extraordinary, at 195 Fifth Avenue, between Union and Berkeley.

The San Francisco-based millinery, family-run since its founding in 1895, has nineten locations across the country, including one in the West Village. According to their website, "When Cassel Goorin began his tradition of hatmaking, friendly neighborhood hat shops were commonplace and visited regularly. We are bringing this piece of history back today with our neighborhood Hat Shops, where buying a hat is as personal and special an experience as it was in Cassel's time."

The "Oates"

These are some seriously fashionable hats, running on average around $60.

Here's their "Coming Soon" message:

"Neighborhood dedication is a mission that we here at Goorin are passionate about. The Park Slope district of Brooklyn, New York is known for its architectural and historical features, along with its diverse mix of residents and local businesses, all of which are supported and preserved by its active and involved citizens. So it made sense for us to open shop in a community that promotes neighborhood gathering spaces such as farmer’s markets, and community gardens, all perfect locations to don your own Goorin original."

And don't forget, this will be right across the street from another renowned institution that has decided to call our neighborhood home: Fleisher's Meats. And they're currently hiring!

Wednesday
Aug032011

Dr. Brendan Mac Repair Shop Coming to Madison Rose Space

Looks like you'll no longer need to schlep over to an Apple Store or Tekserve if your iPhone screen cracks. An Apple repair shop that also specializes in IT training will be opening soon in the space last occupied by maternity shop Madison Rose, at 171 Fifth Avenue, between Lincoln and Berkeley.

The shop, called Dr. Brendan, has two other locations, one on St. Marks Place in the Village and another in Greenwich, Connecticut, and they've been written up by the New York Times, CNN.com, and Thrillist. Run by the self-taught Brendan McElroy, the shop's services will run the gamut from replacing iPhone batteries to installation of new computer screens to data recovery, and they'll also make housecalls. It's not an authorized repair center and could void the product's warranty, but its services are significantly less expensive than places like Tekserve.

Friday
Jul222011

Caramello, Italian Bakery/Cafe, Coming to Patio Lounge Space

While poking my head into the now-gutted space that was last home to Patio Lounge, on Fifth between Berkeley and Lincoln, I met Nicoletta Grippo, the space's new owner, and she's got some exciting-sounding plans for the storefront.

Grippo, a Vancouver native, will be opening up a cafe and bakery that draws influence from her family's traditional Italian recipes. "Gelato, chocolates, homemade pie, pizzette, sandwiches, and good beer and wine" will be the "order at the counter"-style cafe's primary offerings, she said.

Nicoletta was previously the fourth-generation owner of a gelateria called Dolce Amore back home in Vancouver, but decided to bring her brainchild to Brooklyn to be a part of the foodie movement that's taken hold here in the past couple years. All of Caramello's baked goods will be made in-house, and Grippo is particularly excited about the pies, which will come directly from her family's recipes.

One more intriguing addition to the North Slope foodie scene!

Wednesday
Jul202011

New Restaurant Going into Park Slope Restaurant Space

Back in December of last year, the 36-year-old Park Slope Restaurant, on Fifth between 11th and 12th, shuttered and merged with the owner's other restaurant, Green Kitchen, located a few doors down. The space remained vacant until earlier this month, when workers began to gut the space in preparation for the next tenant.

While walking by this morning, I asked a worker what would be moving into the space. "A restaurant," he said, coyly. He wouldn't provide any more details, but a visit to Green Kitchen confirmed that it would indeed be a restaurant, "either Italian or French," according to the employee I spoke with.

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