The Fulton Ale House Sports Bar Soft Opens Tomorrow Night

Fulton Ale House,  1446 Fulton Street

If you don’t have plans this Friday night be sure to stop by the Fulton Ale House, soft opening tomorrow at 5pm. (Here’s the Facebook event.) The new sports bar is located at 1446 Fulton Street, near Tompkins. The bar will be headed by Jimmy Grimason, the owner of Highbury Pub on Cortelyou Road. This location will have beer, cocktails, and television screens to watch games. In the summertime, the 1,000-square-foot outdoor space will host pop-up food vendors. (Summer, where are you?) At least the interior looks cozy to enjoy a beer while the weather’s cold.

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A Sad Goodbye to Ms. Dahlia’s Cafe

Ms. Dahlia's Cafe, Ms. Dahlia's Cafe closed

One of the best spots to get a coffee and breakfast in the neighborhood has been closed for at least a month now. We noticed the shuttered storefront at Ms. Dahlia’s Cafe–located at 449 Nostrand Avenue–and a tipster recently got in touch to report they believe the owner has passed away. (Here’s a profile of the owner, Margo Lewis, and how she made those amazing biscuits.) If you know more details about the closure, please leave them in the comment section. Ms. Dahlia’s was such a lovely, welcoming spot and a longstanding small business in Bed-Stuy. It’s terrible to say goodbye.

Photo via Yelp

Khem’s Jerk Shop Now Open on Lewis Avenue!

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The popular jerk chicken stand that has operated around Bed-Stuy (formerly known as the Jerk Shop) opened its first brick and mortar location! This stuff is delicious, people, so get excited. It’s in the cute restaurant space right down the block from Peaches, at 411 Lewis Avenue on Decatur. Pictured above is the “yardie special” with jerk chicken, rice and peas and baby bok choi. Looks like the spot is now open for dinner until 10pm, although the website isn’t up and running yet.

I tracked down a menu on Facebook… check it out after the jump.

Photo via Instagram

See the menu

Blink Fitness Now Open at 1413 Fulton Street

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Blink Fitness has opened its 50th location right here in Bed-Stuy, at 1413 Fulton Street (between Marcy and Tompkins). The gym comes staffed with a team of certified personal trainers. The bright, open gym design utilizes colors scientifically proven to enhance mood, and the music is specifically selected to motivate members. As a Blink rep tells us, “The opening of the 50th club comes five years after Blink opened its first location in 2011, and Blink is committed to providing its high-quality experience to the members of the local Bed-Stuy community.”

Gym hours are Monday-Thursday from 5am to 11pm, Friday from 5am to 10pm and weekends from 7am to 7pm. Memberships–which you can check out here–range from $15 to $25 a month. See interior photos of the space, as well as some grand opening shots, after the jump.

More photos here

Bed-Stuy Has Ramen Now!

Nana Ramen, Bed-Stuy, 330 Malcolm X Boulevard

Just in time for winter: Nana Ramen is open! We got a sneak peek of the space over the summer and they just opened to the public this week. Apparently Nana’s debut went well — according to Facebook, almost 100 bowls of ramen were served for opening night.

The 700-square-foot restaurant is located at 330 Malcolm X Boulevard, between Decatur and Bainbridge. The owner is behind the Asian fusion restaurant Nana, which has closed in Park Slope, and the Asian restaurant Hachi, in Williamsburg. The Bed-Stuy menu has a nice selection of small dishes, which include gyoza, shrimp shumai, tofu, tempura and sashimi. There are seven types of ramen, priced between $11 and $13. We hear the Spicy Miso (with chashu, scallion and baby bok choi) is delicious. Can’t wait to try.

Photo via Facebook

Hart’s Now Serves Mediterranean Food on Franklin Avenue

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When I put out a request for tips earlier this week, a lot of readers got in touch about Hart’s, the new Bed-Stuy restaurant just profiled in Grub Street. The website praised the restaurant for “simple, stylish Mediterranean food,” and it definitely looks good. Here’s a word from owners–and Bed-Stuy residents–Leah and Nick:

We serve dinner from 5-10:30pm Wed-Sun, and hope to expand our hours and open for brunch soon. The menu is full of seasonal dishes of mostly vegetables and seafood inspired by flavors from the Mediterranean coastline. A a grass-fed lamb burger on a potato bun never leaves the menu, and there’s a natural wine list focusing on approachable & food friendly wines from coastal areas, all available by the glass, such as Sherry, Muscadet, and Vinho Verde — and a full bar with cocktails heavy on rum, mezcal, and amaro.

You can’t miss the teal facade of the little one story building tucked behind the Franklin train station’s shuttle. On Instagram and Facebook we’re at @hartsbrooklyn!

You can find the restaurant at 506 Franklin, between Hancock and Fulton. (It’s the former Willow restaurant space.) If you’d like to check out a menu beforehand, go here. Pictured below is clam toast with pancetta. Welcome to the neighborhood, Hart’s!

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Photos via Instagram

A Helpful Neighborhood Update from a Bed-Stuy Blog Reader

Hi readers. I haven’t been posting here with as much regularity as I’d like due to my full-time job, but Bed-Stuy resident Rick emailed an extremely helpful overview of interesting stuff happening around the neighborhood. I’ll hand it over to him:

We definitely need more eating establishments so a jerk place next to Peaches would be nice. I had a look inside the other day and it looks exactly like it did a year or so ago when it was a coffee/sandwich shop. Seems a no brainer that a food place should take over since that end of Lewis is kind of dead.

Just a few other places I’ve noticed that have opened or are opening around the area:

A new coffee bar that will also be serving food is expected to open at 380 Marcus Garvey (Hancock/Jefferson). I spoke to someone working inside (possibly the owner) and she said they are expected to be open by December. This is the same building where a bar is in the works at 382 MGB on the corner of Hancock.

I also saw that a place is going to open on Fulton Street called the Fulton Street Ale House and they are currently applying for a liquor license. This is about near where Tompkins Ave. ends.

Some newly refurbished spaces at Hancock and Stuyvesant. The corner store is already open and they are serving food, not a traditional restaurant with waiters but looks more like a place with food already prepared.

A great upscale bodega/sandwich shop is open on Hancock/Patchen. Didn’t see this reported but it apparently has been open for a month or two.

There’s a large space that is being remodeled on Monroe/Throop. It looks like it is going to be some sort of upscale market/deli.

Also, not sure what happened to the coffee shop on Fulton called Capitoline Grounds but it’s been shuttered the last two times I walked by.

An awesome roundup! I’ll keep an eye out for these spots myself. And I always like hearing from readers with tips or notes so feel free to email me anytime at thebedstuyblog@gmail.com.