Work has been going strong at 789 Franklin (formerly home to Fatima Restaurant) for some time, but became more noticeable recently as the facade began getting a makeover. ILFA stopped by today and spoke with the owner, who plans to open a bar and restaurant serving New American fare with his wife sometime in the next few months.
Dubbed "Docklands," (they spent a few years working in the London neighborhood of the same name), the place will have a gastropub feel, with 8-12 beers on tap and a menu ranging from "a really good burger" to pasta and other dishes, "a little bit of everything." They plan to open at 11am daily (serving brunch on the weekends) and to close, at the request of Community Board 8, at 11:30pm on weeknights at midnight on the weekends. They're hoping to make both the menu and the beer selection Brooklyn-focused, sourcing as much as they can from the borough. The space itself is also an interesting one - photos to come, hopefully, as they get closer to opening.
Theirs isn't the only bar and restaurant coming soon: Brooklynian reports that 742 Franklin (once rumored to be the site of a new Starbucks) has applied for a full liquor license as well. Looks like Maya Lau (who wrote the review of Catfish, below) is going to have a busy 2013 checking out new places in Crown Heights.