Franklin Avenue may be the local retail strip, but quiet, leafy Classon seems to be undergoing a mini-boom of its own. The latest, along with Pasha (see below), is truly unexpected - a wine bar in a chic new space on Pacific and Classon, steps away from several junkyards and just down the street from T&S Live Poultry.
Thirst Bar, from the owners of Fort Greene's popular Thirst Wine Merchants, is officially ready to go after a soft opening this weekend. First, the basics - their address is 629 Classon Ave, and their hours (at least for December) are: Tues-Thursday: 5pm-11pm; Friday-Saturday 5pm-midnight.
Their subtitle/motto/ethos is "Slow Wine, Scratch Food," and from my brief glance at the chalked-up menu, it looks like glasses will be available from $5 and up, and small plates will start around the same. The space itself is gorgeous - high ceilings, tons of natural light, a long bar down one side and tables made from recovered hardwood down the other - even if the surroundings are more "repair shop" than "wine bar." The owners, to their credit, are unfazed by the immediate locale - as they see it, they're walking distance from the subway and a lot of homes, they've got a strong following and good reputation at their Fort Green shop, and in the end, they believe the food, drink ("seriously interesting" wine, water, and coffee from a heavy-duty espresso machine), and atmosphere will keep people coming back. They're even hoping to put cafe-style seating out along Pacific next summer, which, if you know the corner, is quite something to envision at present.
Somebody go have a drink and a bite there and let us know how it goes!
Update - The Voice, as it turns out, beat me to this one, and they actually know a thing or two about food and wine. Read it here.