In 1999 the New York Times profiled Miss Williamsburg, then a new diner on a desolate Kent Avenue in the “bohemian neighborhood” of Williamsburg.
The diner closed in 2007 (and burned in 2009), but the duo behind Miss Williamsburg - Massimiliano Bartoli and Pilar Rigon - have now set their sights on “the next Williamsburg" and are planning a restaurant at 1563 Decatur Street (at Wyckoff Ave). A liquor license is pending with the trade name "Houdini" (the famed escape artist is buried in nearby Machpelah Cemetery).
The building - a former brewery off the Halsey stop on the L train - has been renovated into artist studios by Craig Kalpakjian and Marco Boggio Sella; Kalpakjian told WyckoffHeights.org that they also hope to eventually open a bar in the building’s basement.
1563 Decatur Street
R&R Dry Cleaners of 1702 Stanhope Street (at Cypress Avenue) recently closed, and workers have demolished the interior and are installing new sheetrock.
Word on the street is that the a cafe and wine bar will take its place, but to date no DOB or liquor license applications have been filed (and the building has an un-investigated “work without a permit” complaint from July).
The business will reportedly be called the Cypress Inn, taking the name from a bar that once occupied the space (and whose sign - sans neon - still hangs from the building).
1702 Stanhope Street
A DOB application was filed in late June for 308 Bleecker Street (at Irving Ave) to “alter existing fruit and vegetable store into eating and drinking establishment.” An on-premises liquor license for “Boobie Trap LLC” is now pending; CB4 minutes indicate business owner Kristen North is planning a sidewalk cafe. The building is owned by Calogero Verde of Verde Coal Oven Pizza.
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(308 Bleecker Street)