The Fisher brothers are always working. After opening the Pulp & Bean in 2009 and Bob & Betty's in 2011 in their building on Franklin and Lincoln, they've turned their attention to the Avenue south of Eastern Parkway. Construction is already underway on their Pioneer Supermarket at the corner of Franklin and Union, which will open as a Bob and Betty's this summer. Now (as of Monday), they've announced that this market, too, will be flanked by a Pulp & Bean, which will occupy the current Interlink space. In addition to serving coffee, bagels, and everything else the current location offers, this edition will also offer draft beer, available in growlers to take home and pints to stay. They'll also beer garden out back, and their goal, they say, is to open by May of this year, in time for plenty of outdoor summer drinking.
It's a common observation that Franklin south of Eastern hasn't experience the same type of retail boom as the stretch between Eastern and Atlantic, despite its equal proximity to the parkway, Park, and subway. That's not to say there haven't been some new openings (Metro PCS, Fever Grass, Three Brothers Hardware, the now-defunct Roti 'N Dumplings) and renovations (the Associated looking all glassy and such), but one wonders whether the Fishers' efforts will be a tipping point for the commercial corridor from Eastern down to Crown. Thoughts?