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Thursday
Oct232014

Brooklyn Lyceum in Foreclosure, Being Auctioned Today

The Brooklyn Lyceum, the quirky performance space and former public bathhouse on Fourth and President, has gone into foreclosure and it's on the docket to be sold at auction later today.

There's been a multimillion-dollar lien on the property, and the troubled space's current owner, Eric Richmond, had filed several appeals and taken other steps to try to delay or otherwise prevent the foreclosure and had held the auction off for more than a year. Bankruptcy court has ruled against him every time, however, and unless Richmond is able to fork over more than $5 million (something which would have already happened were it going to), nothing will stop the auction at 2:30 this afternoon.

According to the official documentation, the lien is for $5.05 million, and the Lyceum will be sold to the highest bidder. The next owner of the building will obviously have a big impact on its future, and events in the space have already been planned for later this year. Stay tuned for updates.

Friday
Oct172014

Calexico (Finally) Gets Liquor License, Celebrating This Weekend

It's been eight long, torturous months since Calexico, an offshoot of the popular Manhattan-based Cal-Mex mini-chain, opened with much fanfare on Fifth between First and Garfield. Why torturous? Because the bar area, full of so much potential, was sitting there woefully underused due to the fact that the city hadn't yet bestowed upon it a liquor license. Well last week they finally received it, and this weekend they're celebrating.

From tonight through Sunday, the restaurant will be offering two-for-one specials on Margaritas and beer. Margaritas come both on the rocks and frozen, and in flavors including blood orange and jalapeno mint. Specialty cocktails include the Tequila Mockingbird, with basil-infused tequila, watermelon, jalapeno, agave, and lime juice, and micheladas, beers, wines, and plenty of tequilas are also available.

So nearly 2 and a half years since the owners first announced that they'd be moving into the space, they've finally come full circle. Congrats, team!

Photo via Instagram

Friday
Oct102014

Closed for Business: Campo de' Fiori, 187 Fifth Avenue

Campo de' Fiori, the four year-old pizzeria on the corner of Fifth and Berkeley that specialized in Roman-style pizza ala pala, appears to have closed for good. The restaurant has been entirely cleared out, and a worker inside the space confirmed that it won't be re-opening. Many thanks to a tipster for sending the above photo of the work in progress.

Owner Andrea Dal Monte spent 15 years perfecting his dough recipe, and the unique pizzas were characterized by their square shape, light and crisp crust, and tasty toppings like the bacon and pecorino on their popular Matriciana. It had trouble finding its niche, however, and was never exactly packed, even though it was able to stick around for four years.

I've reached out to Dal Monte for details, and will update if I hear back.

Thursday
Oct092014

Two Boots Coming to Terroir Space on Fifth

Terroir Park Slope put its space up for rent about five months ago, and when it closed in August we knew that a new tenant had been lined up, but not who it would be. Well, now we know: Two Boots is coming back to the neighborhood.

A reliable source who asked to remain anonymous confirmed the rumors that have been swirling for weeks, and not only is the Manhattan-based Cajun-style pizza mini-chain moving into the space on the corner of Fifth and First, the owners are hoping to open next month.

Before Two Boots closed its location on Second Street just east of Seventh Avenue (after 25 years there) back in November of last year, the owners -- minus founder John Touhey -- vowed to re-open in the same space after some "big changes." Those never came to pass, and the space is still for rent for an insanely high sum of $16,000.

This one will be much smaller than the Seventh Avenue location, which leads me to believe that the menu will be closer to what's offered at the East Village spot than the way it was before: about a dozen specialty pizzas, a couple dozen topping options, and a handful of po' boys and salads versus a full menu of Cajun entrees, pastas, and burgers.

Tuesday
Oct072014

Yogurberry Closed, Luscious Food Closing on Fifth

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Some closing news to report from the north end of Fifth Avenue: Yogurberry, the generic fro-yo shop that opened in May of 2012 on the corner of Prospect, closed up shop last week, and the 10 year-old Luscious Foods, the homestyle prepared foods and sandwich shop between St. Marks and Bergen, will be closing at the end of the month.

"Rumors are true. Luscious Food will be closing this month," owner Christine Zeni said in an email. "Our ten year lease is up and the new lease offer is awful. So we have no choice but to close our doors. We thank all of our customers whom have made us a part of their family. We will miss you all."

Yogurberry, which has locations as far reaching as Nigeria, Paraguay, and India, has had trouble making a go of it in New York, where a Flatiron district location also closed recently. In a market that's been oversaturated with fro-yo shops for years, it really had nothing to separate it from the pack.

As for Luscious, the news comes as a disappointment. The sandwiches (like the Slow Ro, with roast beef, caramelized onions, Swiss cheese and horseradish spread) were creative and tasty, and the rotating menu of prepared salads, sides, and main dishes was always good in a pinch. Zeni's desserts are outrageous as well; make sure you try her oatmeal cream pie cookies before the last day on October 31.