Monday, October 24, 2011

Openings in the Neighborhood: Juice Hugger, Barboncino, and More



- Juice Hugger Cafe hosts a Grand Opening Party this Tuesday, October 25, from 6-9pm in their new space on 85 Rodgers Ave (between St. Marks and Prospect). Click on the flyer for more details above - it sounds like a great time, and if you've had their stuff at other local businesses (including The Pulp & The Bean), you know the product is tasty. 

- Barboncino, which seems to be nearly as full as the new Chavela's most nights, scored a very nice review from the Serious Eats folks. As they write, "the place could hold its own against some of the top-tier joints in the city." Not bad at all!

- As mentioned on Brooklynian and at the most recent CHCA meeting (full recap coming soon), the former Brooklyn Inkspot location is being converted by the current owners into a salad bar joint, with lots of veggie options. 

- Across the street, the sign is up for The Crown Inn (formerly known as Franklin Avenue Beer and Grocery), the oysters-and-cocktails bar from the Franklin Park folks. Any word on when they're opening?

- Finally, and perhaps most interestingly of all, Councilwoman Letitia James mentioned at the CHCA meeting that she has been talking with a developer and local gym/fitness chain that wants to bring a gym and fitness center to Crown Heights, and specifically Franklin Avenue. She said she couldn't say more than that, but realistically, the only places south of Atlantic where such a thing would even fit would be the old Nassau Brewery, the giant hole (formerly Mazon's) at Eastern Parkway, or one of the lots that Medgar Evers College owns down on Montgomery. Development in any one of these spots would be quite a game-changer for the blocks around it. Needless to say, ILFA is curious - tips and info on this project would be most appreciated!

10 comments:

  1. Juice Hugger is great! They have wonderful food for breakfast to go and the people there are so nice- everyone should definitely check it out if they have a chance!

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  2. Due to market saturation and increasing unemployment, I predict we may now see a lull in new openings on Franklin. Several of the boutiques may go under.

    While Nostrand presently has a lot of unmet demand, many of its customers are employed in the government and health care sectors.

    I would be afraid to open anything "upscale" on Nostrand until after the NOV 2012 federal/state/local elections.

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  3. I would love to see one of these new venues put in a stage. We have so much local talent--music and otherwise. I wish there was a nice stage for local performances. We need arts and entertainment to draw ppl to the neighborhood! Not just food/booze/ shopping!

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  4. There's a small stage at Franklin Roadhouse. Would be great if this establishment got more support from the community. I'm really concerned that they are not attracting enough clientele to sustain the business and hence the joint shuttering!

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  5. A few of the Brooklynian members discussed Franklin Roadhouse a while ago. We concluded it has an identity crisis, and was at risk of going under.

    http://brooklynian.com/forum/crown-heights-and-prospect-lefferts-gardens/brick-oven-pizza-on-franklin-avenue

    (Roadhouse discussed toward middle of thread)

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  6. The problem with their stage is placement. It's right by the window and there's no easy way to enter/exit the stage. So unless you have an acoustic guitar, there's nothing else that can really happen with that venue...

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  7. The Roadhouse needs a makeover. I don't mean it needs to be upscale and super yuppie, but it's always the darkest, saddest looking place! I appreciate that it's relatively affordable but it needs better lighting or something. I walk by and get depressed.

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  8. Check out LaunchPad on Franklin Ave, they have a great space for local musicians and performers.

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  9. Nostrand Ave. has also changed a lot in the past few years. That may not be as visible as the changes on Franklin, since the new retail outlets are not catering to the area's more recent, professional residents (who mostly read this blog). Such stores and restaurants - more upscale roti shops (without bullet-proof glass in front of the food dispensaries!), bakeries, an auto parts store - are instead geared toward the avenue's black, working-class residents. Where the 'demand' on Nostrand is (funky, overreaching 'data' from local development groups notwithstanding).

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  10. It feels good to have people want your business enough to give you a service locally.

    I hope the city continues to invest in health care and government, but am too cautious.

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