The nascent Franklin Avenue restaurant scene is about to get a boost from Franklin Park owner Matt Roff, whose ever-growing complex of converted garages and storefronts has become an anchor of neighborhood nightlife. The latest venture? "A day care center," joked Roff when I encountered him outside his gutted storefront this morning, which previously housed a hardware store. The space, which until recently sported one of the best vintage signs in Crown Heights and sits next door to the soon-to-be-opening Breukelen Coffee House, will be a burger joint serving "a couple of great burgers, some vegetarian options, and maybe a sausage or two," says Roff, who hopes to open in a month to six weeks.
Best of all, the new place will connect at the back to the 'big room' bar at Franklin Park, providing good food to accompany Franklin Park's good beer. As for the beloved sign, it's being cleaned by a professional for a new lease on life inside the burger place, which may even adopt the name "Dutch Boy Burgers" (they're looking into the legal ramifications of borrowing an old logo and name).
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