Happenings Around the Neighborhood

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Apologies posting has been sparse this summer — but thanks to reader Brett for calling out some happenings around our neighborhood!

*Neighborhood favorite Ms. Dahlia’s Cafe — which closed after the owner passed away — is filled with a new business. It’s now Bunny, a Turkish restaurant. Menu looks really good.

*Warude is open at 385 Tompkins, between Jefferson and Putnam. It’s serving up Japanese-style rice bowls and tacos.

*Bed Vyne Wine & Sprits has moved to 385 Tompkins Avenue, right next to Warude. The new spot for this old favorite is beautiful!

*A new crêperie bistro Madame Poupon is located at 387A Nostrand Avenue, right off Madison. From their website: “Everything is homemade from the salted caramel, Nut’ella (our own take on Nutella with only the best ingredients) fruit compotes and a carousel of new and innovative specials.” Yum.

*Seven Restaurant and Bar is open at 470 Nostrand, between Jefferson and Hancock. Here’s their soft opening menu.

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Zaca Cafe Opens Tonight in Former Jeffrey’s Spot

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This evening, get ready to welcome a new business to Marcus Garvey Boulevard, a stretch that’s seen some openings as of late. The great commercial space once occupied by Jeffrey’s is now home to Zaca Cafe. The location is 426 Marcus Garvey Boulevard, between Macon and MacDonough. The owner is chef Inoussa Campaore, who you can read more about here. Inoussa immigrated to Brooklyn from Burkina Faso and worked his way up from dishwasher at Clinton Hill’s Choice Market. Here are some more details:

After a long year of planning and hard work, Inoussa is opening the doors of Zaca Cafe in Bed Stuy this Friday, 5/11 from 4-8pm. [Facebook event here.] Having spent the last 10 years as head chef at Choice Market in Clinton Hill, we’re excited to have his menu in the neighborhood. Stop by if you can to give his menu a try.

The name “Zaca” means “house” in Moore, one of the common spoken languages in Burkina Faso. It’s also a reference to Zaca Restaurant, a restaurant in Burkina Faso which played live music every night. Can’t wait to try it out!

Photo via Facebook

Speakeasy-Style Cocktail Bar Now Open on Marcus Garvey Boulevard

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The owner of Clinton Hill bar Hot Bird has opened a speakeasy-style cocktail bar called Pelican at 382 Marcus Garvey Boulevard, on the corner of Hancock. The owner, who lives in the neighborhood, designed much of the bar himself over a two-year period. There’s a small bar–only four seats–accompanied by cozy seating nooks and a big window looking out onto the street. It’s still in soft-opening mode (and accepting cash only), but more artwork and decor will go up in the coming weeks.

Click through for interior photos and more details!

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The Mixtape Shop, a New Cafe and Record Store, has Opened on Bedford Avenue

The Mixtape Shop, 1129 bedford avenue

There’s a new cafe and record store at 1129 Bedford Avenue, between Monroe and Madison, called The Mixtape Shop. The business began as an online store in February of 2016, specializing in independent and underground music. Now, the brick and mortar record shop also features a café serving espresso from Intelligentsia, Bien Cuit pastries and a selection of cold drinks. In the fall, there are plans to expand to a more extensive food menu.

“We wanted to create a space where people can spend time hanging out and listening to music with a welcoming vibe for people who don’t normally go into record shops,” co-owner Erica Roden said in a press release. The release also said this about the music selection: “The record shop offers a range of recent releases, rare original pressings and reissued albums and LP’s with new titles every week. The inventory favors a curated selection of house, soul, disco, techno, Brazilian and jazz music.”

This storefront has been vacant for years, and was designed into a functional, simple space that could easily be transformed for weekend or evening events. It’s equipped with Klipschorn speakers and multiple listening stations, too.

If you’d like to visit, The Mixtape Shop is open seven days a week. The cafe runs between 8am and 4pm, while the record shop is open between noon and 8pm.

A Few Openings Around the Nabe

brown butter craft bar and kitchen, 413 tompkins avenue

Here are some new business openings I’ve noticed around the neighborhood. The first is Brown Butter Craft Bar + Kitchen, at 413 Tompkins Avenue (between Hancock and Halsey). Myriam Nicolas, owner of Brooklyn Baby Cakes on Nostrand Avenue, is behind the venture, and is offering up fancier takes on staples like the bacon, egg, and cheese, alongside grain bowls, salads, matcha teas, beetroot lattes and juices. The cafe is currently open from 7:30am to 5pm, though Nicolas is in the process of applying for a beer and wine liquor license to expand her hours. Read more details of this new spot over at DNAinfo. The photo of the cafe is via Facebook.

CAPOEIRA FIT BROOKLYN, 525 Nostrand Avenue

This summer, Capoeira Fit Brooklyn opened at 525 Nostrand Avenue, between Nostrand and Atlantic. Beside offering Capoeira classes–which is an African-Brazilian practice that combines dance, martial arts, music and acrobatics–there are also karate and yoga classes. Check out the full class schedule here. Photo above via Yelp.

bravi ragazzi, bed-stuy, 570 putnam avenue

South London pizzaria Bravi Ragazzi has opened shop at 570 Putnam Avenue, on the corner of Marcus Garvey Boulevard. This is the first American outpost for the company, which is known for its wood-fired, sourdough pizzas. This is more than a slice joint — there’s seating for up to 60 people inside and includes a bar. Has anybody tried it yet? Does it stand up to the classic Brooklyn slice?

Two New Cafes Open on Marcus Garvey and Malcolm X Boulevards

Milk and Pull, 307 Malcolm X Boulevard

Two new cafes that have opened up in the neighborhood: the first is Milk and Pull, at 307 Malcolm X between Decatur and Bainbridge. The mini chain also has locations in Bushwick and Ridgewood. That’s a photo of their newest Bed-Stuy location above, where they’re serving coffee, tea, pastries, snacks, bagels and sandwiches.

Everyday Cafe, Bed-Stuy

Then there’s Everyday Coffee, now open at 380 Marcus Garvey Boulevard between Jefferson and Hancock. A Yelp review reports that the new spot offers baked goods from Bien Cuit, cookies from Ovenly, bagels, sandwiches, coffee and wifi.

Photos via Milk and Pull and Everyday Cafe

New Yoga Studio Is Open on Lewis Avenue, With a Grand Opening Party Next Sunday

Namastuy, Bed-Stuy yoga, 325 Lewis Avenue

Last week I snapped a photo of a yoga studio slated to open at 325 Lewis Avenue, between Jefferson and Hancock. That was soon followed by an email from Lisa Scholtz, the founder of the the new establishment, Namastuy Healing Collective. A full class schedule has already kicked off ahead of the studio’s grand opening on Sunday, February 12th. According to Lisa, offerings include “various types of yoga classes including Vinyasa, Rest and Restore, Fundamentals Flow and Power Vinyasa… taught seven days a week.” There will also be a full range of massage services, as well as nutrition, health, meditation and yoga workshops to come.

For the grand opening–happening next week between 3 and 7pm–you can stop by for “afternoon mimosas, commUNITY building, and the unveiling of a new exhibit – ‘Asana’ – by painter and designer Luciano Fontanez, our next featured artist.” Namastuy will also be giving out vouchers for fifty free yoga classes.

Check out the schedule here. Drop-in classes cost $18, but there are also donation-based classes a few times a week that offer a sliding scale between $8 and $18. New students can also get two weeks of unlimited classes for $30.

Check out a few more photos of the studio