New Bar/Restaurant Coming to PLG?
  • I know residents of Prospect Lefferts are getting curious about what looks like it's becoming a bar on Flatbush and Midwood. It's got a cool look.  Although it's hard to tell whats under construction and whats part of an intentionally shabby design aesthetic.  
    Word on the street is that this will be an "oyster bar".  Does anyone have any insight here?

    It's located on Flatbush and Midwood.  



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  • Lobster Rolls and Whiskey Coming to Flatbush Avenue Gastropub
    http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140129/prospect-lefferts-gardens/lobster-rolls-whiskey-coming-flatbush-avenue-gastropub

    "We’re going to have a lobster roll on a pretzel bun, and some short rib sliders," Narvilas said. "We’re going to have 24 draft lines and high-end whiskeys and scotches with a focus on local New York breweries and distilleries."
  • Awesome Jeffrey, thanks for the info!
  • So so SOOOOO ready for this.
  • another quick write up about it from The Q at Parkside blog:


  • Their Centi Anni restaurant on Franklin is fantastic, as a date spot or mingling or having a bite alone.  Any neighborhood would be lucky to get a joint like this. I think they're going to be so successful on this underserved corner. 
  • 24 draft lines.

    ...that's a lot. The owners obviously think they have a local customer base to support that much investment.

  • One of the partners is also a partner at Tugboat Tea Co., across the street, so he should know his local customer base.
  • It's really quite close to the shuttle.  That makes it pretty accessible to Crown Heights/Bed Stuy.  People just need to know to make that little detour.  I'll definitely be checking it out :)
  • I live in The Dearborn co-op which is located at 345 Montgomery between Nostrand and Rogers.  Our closest subway stops are the 2/5 at President or Sterling.  I bring that all up to say practically all of us owners venture on foot to the Franklin Avenue spots REGULARLY (Cenatnni, Barboncino, Mayfield, Gladys, etc. etc.).  This spot in PLG will be a bit closer to us just in a different direction.  If done right (which I think it will be) many, many people in my building will be adding this to their repertoire.  
  • Also remember - Lincoln Park Tavern - the spot where everyone in this neighborhood goes to drink and eat is closing.  It was already announced a while back and the for rent sign has been up.  So that crowd right there can just make a jump over.   
  • Nice to see a new bar in the PLG area. I used to go to LPT a couple times/month when I moved to the area around 4 years ago but the last few times I've gone (it's been a while) it was awful. Bad bartenders, overpriced drinks and seedy people. Glad to see it go. Hopefully a new owner can open a decent bar in that space.
  • This place made it to Brooklyn Based's list of 10 Restaurant Openings to Look Forward to This Fall, along with Bluebird Food and Spirits at 504 Flatbush near Lefferts: http://brooklynbased.com/blog/2014/09/15/top-10-brooklyn-restaurant-openings-this-fall/
  • Lots of investment is coming to PLG, in response to lots of investment in PLG.
  • Maybe we can have a Brooklynian meetup at Midwood Flats after it opens. (Maybe invite the Q!)
  • We could.    But, unlike this woman, I would walk (not dance):

    It would reflect the mantra I am now hearing:

    "The areas served by the the 2, 5 and Q below Prospect Park are better than the areas East of Kingston on the 3 and 4.    Move there"

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  • whynot_31 said:

    We could.    But, unlike this woman, I would walk (not dance):

    It would reflect the mantra I am now hearing:

    "The areas served by the the 2, 5 and Q below Prospect Park are better than the areas East of Kingston on the 3 and 4.    Move there

    ...except for a random weekend (like this past one) when the Q train terminated at Prospect Park.

    Who's been saying this mantra anyway?

    Funny thing is when I graduated from college 15 years ago, I bet none of my classmates would have even considered passing through, let alone live here! :)
  • I wouldn't have considered it 15 years ago either.

    ...but I would now.   

    I am hearing the mantra be said by people who like the Franklin Avenue scene, but don't have the resources to pay for it.    In addition to having distinctive appearances, they tend to chain their bikes outside of the buildings they live in.

    As I walk east on St. Johns, I rarely see bicycles chained up outside of buildings east of Kingston.

    As I walk south on Bedford, I am seeing bikes on Hawthorne.

    Are you seeing similar things?       


  • I live on the 2/5 line at the President Street stop.  I completely agree with "The areas served by the the 2, 5 and Q below Prospect Park are better than the areas East of Kingston on the 3 and 4.    Move there".  I have lived Montgomery Street for 6 years and I think West Crown Heights both North and South and then along the 2/5 line through PLG on to Flatbush is more poised for growth and development then parts further east on the 3/4.  It is amazing to see the people who have moved in and what is in the works right now.  Now let's just hope the powers that be come to their senses regarding the zoning of Empire so it is more than storage facilities and fast food (though I do have a soft spot fro Popeye's - spicy please).   
  • lilern said:.  Now let's just hope the powers that be come to their senses regarding the zoning of Empire so it is more than storage facilities and fast food (though I do have a soft spot fro Popeye's - spicy please).   

    It
    is more than storage facilities and fast food! There are people living in the two apartment buildings next to Western Beef! :) (People seem to forget about that.) 

    There has been a spirited discussion in the comments section in response to the Q's posts on the rezoning issue:





  • For the time being, the commercial action in PLG is going to be about Flatbush Avenue.

    By the time Empire is actually rezoned, those fretting about being priced out may already have been because:

    - prices are already rising in anticipation of the rezone.
    - prices are increasing regardless of the rezone.
  • whynot_31 said:

    For the time being, the commercial action in PLG is going to be about Flatbush Avenue.

    By the time Empire is actually rezoned, those fretting about being priced out may already have been because:

    - prices are already rising in anticipation of the rezone.
    - prices are increasing regardless of the rezone.



    My neighbors are afraid of that scenario. 
  • The truth is that few people who have seen this play out before believe their fears are without merit; it is just that "we" are not going stop the process.

    We both believe we can't stop it, AND aren't certain that stopping it would be worth the effort it would take.

    http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/comment/553209#Comment_553209

    BTW, this new place at 596 Flatbush seems like a good location for the Fall 2014 Brooklynian Gathering.

    The 25 of us could be accused of destroying, saving and/or building a new neighborhood.

    It will be great.

    :)

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