Monday, August 30, 2010

Restaurant Rumor Mill

- The folks at the Park Slope Oaxaca Taqueria confirmed that the sign on Prospect is their doing, and they added that they hope to have the place open within 2-3 weeks, with the same menu and ingredients as their other locations.

- Lee from NachosNY (a local Franklinite who's going to have his hands full scoping out Oaxaca and the new offering from Chavella's) spoke to the folks at Bristen's, who confirmed that they'll be closed through the month of September for renovations. They also told him that they'll be revamping their menu, and re-opening as a noodle and dumpling place. Who knew? Sounds good, though.

- Finally, the guys at Nam's confirmed that they're looking to open a restaurant in the former Nairobi's Knapsack location, serving sushi and some other stuff, though they were vague about what their timetable is, and said that they won't be opening for at least a month or two.

14 comments:

  1. Bristen's is going to be noodles and dumplings? Very interesting.... I wonder if Dutch Boy was a major factor in them changing it up.

    I am really excited about all of these new options -- thanks for the details!

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  2. I love eating, but wow, a lot is going on! I like that empty storefronts are getting renovated and put to use but all this activity feels a little overwhelming. It's exciting on the one hand but also makes me a little uneasy. I want the neighborhood to be safe and fun but I don't want to wake up in Park Slope.

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  3. I'm w/ Ellen - I really hope Franklin Ave doesn't become Slope-ified. Gentrification seems inevitable but it would be nice if it's more of a Fort Greene type of gentrification.

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  4. There hasn't been any stroller city type announcements. I can't imagine being mad that there'll be good tacos, sushi and dumplings in a nearby vicinity.

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  5. What's the difference between Park Slope-gentrified and Fort Greene-gentrified?

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  6. Park Slope is much more kid and baby centered than Fort Greene.

    When trying to explain the difference in vibe between the two neighborhoods recently, someone said that Park Slope is full of parents while Fort Greene is full of people who happen to have kids.

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  7. New restaurants sound good to me!

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  8. I hope its a "good" sushi restaurant that will be opening! The Sushi place further North on Franklin leaves much to be desired!

    I really Loved Bristen's salads! I'm not thrilled with the idea of a noodle and dumpling place in it's place as I like healthy choices, ie baked chicken or fish and steamed vegetables.

    Noodles and dumpling, to me, seems like wasted calories of empty carbs, sodium and oil.

    I like choices, but would prefer more quality "healthy" choices in the neighborhood for light meat eaters.

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  9. Have you heard anything about the new spot on Lincoln called "Lincoln Postal"? It looks like it might be a bar or a restaurant in the making..

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  10. http://lincolnpostal.com/Default.aspx

    If it's the spot I'm thinking of, it certainly looks like a bar, but it seems to be a shipping place.

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  11. Can't wait. Any word on if there are any plans to reopen Homage at any point? Or did the fire kill it completely?

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  12. The construction guy outside of Lincoln Postal told me it will be a mail and shipping store. That was about a month or so ago. It certainly looked like a bar to me.

    As far as Homage, someone from Bristein's mentioned to me that the owners of Homage have decided to move on; so no, it won't be coming back.

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  13. Man, this is a comment-thread record for ILFA! Goes to show that food matters. I'm curious what Bristen's will keep on their menu, too - They must have some sense of what their greatest hits or most unique dishes were (in the area, anyway).

    As for waking up in Park Slope, you'd have to be Rip Van Winkle, though it's entirely likely you'll wake up in Prospect Heights one of these days, whatever that means.

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  14. I doubt this will become like Park Slope (not that anything is wrong with Park Slope). There still too much grit in the hood to attract the $1000 stroller crowd. Not to mention that the schools suck ass. No way are the Park Slope type parents going to send their darlings to the underperforming educational facilities here.

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