It's been a few weeks since Carlton Park (née M. Helen), on the corner of Flatbush, Carlton, and Park, suddenly closed up shop (under the guise of renovations), and never re-opened. A small sign on the doorway that went up about a week ago mentions Ideya.net, and sure enough, that URL is the website of a SoHo Latin restaurant that recently shuttered and will be re-opening in the space in June.
Ideya Latin Bistro is owned by owner Lauryn Small and chef Isaac Reyes, and their menu is Caribbean Latin, drawing upon Spanish, African, Jamaican, Argentinian, and other cuisines to create a really interesting menu of traditional items like salt cod fritters, pupusas, ceviche, and arroz con pollo, several vegeterian options, and a creative and intriguing brunch menu. Cocktails also look really solid, with seven varieties of mojitos and margaritas available by the pitcher.
Carlton Park, a high-end concept from Burrito Bar owner Greg Yerman, opened almost exactly a year ago after a lengthy buildout with a seasonal (if pricey and a bit uninspired) menu, and a rather awkward layout that was regularly being tweaked. It never attracted much of a regular following, even on such a prime corner, and never really filled up. Shame that it didn't work out, but Ideya, with its mojitos and garage-door walls, certainly sounds promising with summer right around the corner.