A new cafe is under construction on the corner of Marcy Avenue and Putnam, right near the Boys and Girls High School. The young man opening it told me that his parents ran a cafe in the same space for many years, but it closed in 2008. The new iteration, to be called Doctor’s Cave Cafe, will serve coffee drinks and some food like baked goods and salads. It’s expected to open later this month — the date they gave me was Sunday the 28th.
There’s also a corner grocer under construction at Nostrand Avenue and Putnam. The owners told me that it wouldn’t be a bodega, and by the looks of construction is does look like it will be a little fancier than your typical bodega. It should open next week.