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Thursday
Nov202014

Aperitivo Closes, Henri on Fifth Moving In

Some dramatic restaurant news from Fifth Avenue to report: Aperitivo, the Italian restaurant on the corner of First Street, closed down suddenly yesterday, and a new restaurant, with a new owner, will be opening there within a month.

Aperitivo was opened seven years ago by the same owners as Sotto Voce up on Seventh Avenue, and according to a note on the Facebook page they’re closing this down to focus exclusively on that. The bottomless brunch and events like clam bakes will be carrying over to Sotto Voce, and the owners “will also meld many of your favorite dishes and wines with a revamped menu, wine program and expanded bar.”

So what’s in store for the space? Real estate agent Jeffrey Kesler put me in touch with new owner Binh Douglas, who has more than 20 years of hospitality industry experience and has managed bars, restaurants, and clubs in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York, and will be running the restaurant with his wife Lauren.

“I’m half Vietnamese, a quarter Native American, and a quarter black, and my wife has a French background, so we decided to name the restaurant after our newborn son, Henri, and the menu is an amalgam of his heritage,” Douglas told me when reached by phone. The seasonally-changing menu will be comprised entirely of small plates intended for sharing, with influences ranging from French to German to Asian. Several types of grilled cheese will be available (Le Classique, melted gruyere and caramelized shallots on garlic bread toast with sherry thyme "au jus," sounds pretty good), as well as salads, sliders, salads, and other shared plates like Vietnamese summer rolls, banh mi tacos, and fresh pretzels with fondue dipping sauce. 

The menu seems fun and not too complicated, and with a couple TVs, an expanded bar program, and board games like Jenga and Connect 4 available, it’s intended to be a low-key and reasonably priced place for locals to hang out and share some food. Cocktails will average $9-11, beers will range from $5 to $8, and dishes will average around $6-9.

If all goes to plan, Henri on Fifth should be open by Mid-December.

Monday
Nov172014

Nail Salon Coming to Long-Vacant 92 Seventh Avenue

The space at 92 Seventh Avenue between Union and Berkeley, last home to Chiles & Chocolate but vacant for more than three years, has a new tenant: the second outpost of Latoue Nail Spa, an upscale nail salon whose original location in Bay Ridge seems to be pretty well-liked. Many thanks to real estate broker Jeffrey Kesler for passing along the tip.

Even though the 1,150 square-foot space is in a prime position and underwent a recent facade restoration, it took a very long time for a tenant to be lined up, most likely due to its $10,800/month price tag.

It's nice to see that the space has finally been rented, and while it is a high-end salon, it's still a nail salon in a neighborhood that's certainly not wanting for them.

Photo via Warren Lewis.

Thursday
Nov132014

Hungry Ghost Opens New Location in Prospect Perk Space

Hungry Ghost, one of the most popular and well-respected coffee shops in the area, has opened a new location a couple blocks further up Flatbush Avenue, in the space last occupied by Prospect Perk just off the avenue on Sterling Place.

While it may seem like Prospect Perk closed and Hungry Ghost moved in, in fact it's more of a rebranding, as both cafes have the same owner, Murat Uyaroglu. Hungry Ghost currently has three additional locations: on Flatbush and Sixth (the two year-old flagship), in Fort Greene, and in the BRIC Arts Media House.

The small space has gotten a remodel and gray paint job to match the other locations, and the menu matches to boot. There's a nice selection of pastries and baked goods made at the Flatbush Ave. location's production kitchen, as well as coffee from Stumptown, sandwiches including egg salad and tarragon chicken salad, and panini filled with things like roasted mushrooms, smoked mozarella, spinach, and sundried tomatoes; chicken, fontina, arugula, and pesto mayo; and ham, brie, and mango chutney. Hale & Hearty soups are also available.

The space is small and there are only a handful of seats, and while it's not as charming and cozy as Prospect Perk, both the coffee and food offerings are upgrades.

Tuesday
Nov112014

Huge Check Cashing Place on Flatbush Closing, Moving Two Doors Down

If there's one business on Flatbush Avenue that's always seemed a little incongruous with its facade, it's been the Checks & More, between Sixth and Bergen. With its two story-high entryway, flanked by huge Doric columns, and ornately decorated upper floors, the building has always seemed suited for something grander than a check cashing place. Well, it won't be a Checks & More any longer; it's moving into the space last occupied by a prosthetics shop two storefronts down (at left), and the space is now for rent, and will be available vacant in January.

The building originally looked like the surrounding buildings, but at some point (most likely in the 20s or 30s) it was transformed into its present state, and has been occupied by a bank or similar establishment ever since.

Buyers have the option of purchasing just the main level or the main and second floors, and the space is touted as an "ideal location for flagship retail, bank, restaurant or bar." If the buyer takes both floors, they can boast 20 foot high ceilings and a second-floor terrace, with 6,000 square feet in total.

Rumor has it that Apple has been shopping around in the neighborhood for a storefront. This is about as good as they're going to get.

Tuesday
Nov042014

Open for Business: Nuteria, 82 5th Avenue

The business originally known as Nutelleria, which has been in the works for the past couple months on Fifth between St. Marks and Warren, opened last weekend with a new name: Nuteria.

It's a small shop with counter service and just a couple tables, and the decor is mostly exposed brick and jars of Nutella. The original signage has been taken down because of the name change, but another one is probably on the way. The name change certainly didn't come as any surprise; the owners were apparently the last ones to realize that it's not exactly legal to name a restaurant after a trademarked food product.

In keeping with the theme, just about every menu item contains Nutella in one form or another. Crepes, waffles, croissants, toast, panini, pound cake, and peanut butter sandwiches all come loaded with the Italian chocolate hazelnut spread, and add-ons include fruit, nuts, and Nutella whipped cream. If you like, they'll also sell you a spoonful right out of the jar for a buck. Coffee, espresso, and cappuccino are also for sale, as well as Nutella hot chocolate. There's no website or social media presence yet, and the one Yelp review wasn't exactly positive.

The legality of this place is still questionable, but for now it's a cute and unique to Brooklyn homage to an undoubtedly delicious and versatile product. Heck, any place that sells Nutella by the spoonful is all right in my book.