848 Franklin-Isatu African Food Market Closed — Brooklynian

848 Franklin-Isatu African Food Market Closed

Now that retail spaces are slowly but surely filling up on the south side of Eastern Parkway, I figured a retail space opening up has become a bit more notable (granted, there are still a number of open retail spaces that have been open since seemingly forever the next block down between President and Carroll Street).  Given the church's opposition to any bar, I think we can safely rule out that option.  It's served as a store, in one form or another, for many years now.  I'll also be curious to see what happens to the old Pioneer Supermarket on the corner of Franklin and Union.  The rumor was that it would be another Bob and Betty's.  But is sounds like they're holding off on that plan for now. I sometimes see people in there working, but fairly rarely.  Doesn't seem like anything is really going on there, at least with any urgency.  Anyone know anything else about either of these spaces?  The area south of the Parkway seems primed for an explosion of new businesses over the upcoming few years.

I also found this article, documenting the owner of the photo studio that used to be at 848 getting robbed and murdered there in 1992.



  • I was sad to hear about that very tragic story.

    I'm curious as to what business would go in on to this place. I wouldn't mind a sit-down Indian or Thai restaurant.

    For the former Pioneer, I am still living in the hope that it will, one day, become a beer garten.
  • edited September 2014
    Readers, we are jabbering about a site on Franklin, near President.   http://goo.gl/maps/qhnXH

    Tony (who owns Bob and Betty's) and his family are basically warehousing the former Pioneer site. He is not ready to invest the capital required to make it into either a beer garden or an upscale grocery at this time.

    Returning to the the African Food Market, yes, many places on Franklin Avenue south of EP are closing because:

    1.  Rent hikes on the commercial spaces.
    2.  The means and preferences of the neighborhood are rapidly changing.
    3.  Less foot traffic as a result of Trivoli Towers being approximately 50% vacant.   

  • On my way home the other day I saw Ron Brown, owner of Barboncinos, taking a close look at this place.  Might be nothing more than general curiosity, but I still thought it was interesting.
  • Interesting. There is already a pizza spot a couple of doors down.
  • Pizza there has gotten a lot better since the reopening/rebranding (Italian Passion Pizza....it'll always be Nino's to me), to the point where I'm content to get it there instead of Barboncino.  I have no idea what the nature of his interest is, just thought it was indicative of the increased interest in real estate/commercial spaces south of EP.
  • edited September 2014
    Many local restaurants are owned and managed by investors which operate a variety of restaurants and bars, with no common theme (ie Italian) or even customer base.

    Centanni is an example that comes to mind. It owns the new Midwood Flats bar, and (I believe) three others.

    It would not surprise me if this location was run by a similar group.
  • That is true. Could be something else than pizza.

    I think the pizza place (don't care for the name either) is quite good. Not bad at all.

    So, this storefront is actually two addresses. Could they be run as two separate businesses?
  • It is being offered for lease as one entity.     I suppose whoever leases it could operate it as two small storefronts, but I believe that one 1200 sq ft space has more value than two 600 sq ft ones.

    The market makes the actual determination.
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