ILFA's been faulted for being so hyper-local that I never venture below Eastern Parkway (though, in my defense, Franklin Avenue Aromatherapy remains one of the better investigative local history posts I've done). Still, there's truth to that accusation, so today, on a tip from reader Anna (keep 'em coming, folks!), I walked down to check out Three Brothers Hardware, which is looking shiny and new on Franklin just south of Eastern. I didn't manage to talk with anyone, and they don't have a website that I can find, but it looks like it will be a classic, stuffed-to-the-gills Brooklyn hardware store, and the interior, while not ready, seems to be coming along nicely.
Having a new hardware store nearby should come in hand for the Fisher brothers as they renovate the Pioneer supermarket across the street. Closed this week for the massive overhaul, the second Bob & Betty's (named for their parents, who bought the businesses in the late 1970s) is scheduled to open in June 2012, with the same hours, decor, tastings, and fresh and local food they offer at their current location across the Parkway. It should be a nice addition to the final stretch of Franklin Avenue as it makes its way down to Prospect Park.