A few weeks ago I noticed that the Rabbit Moon coffee shop, at 334 Marcus Garvey Boulevard between Putnam and Madison, wasn’t open its normal hours. And then the mural on its security gate was promptly painted over, and it looks like the place is permanently shuttered. The cafe, which also sold fancy grocery items and served as a CSA pickup, was running for a few years. There’s no news of the closure on the Rabbit Moon website or Facebook.
I sometimes get the impression that businesses along Marcus Garvey don’t get a ton of foot traffic/business, but I may be wrong. Readers, any thoughts about how businesses are fairing along Marcus Garvey? I hate to see things close because it means another shuttered storefront on that drag. Regardless, there’s been some new stuff opening in the past year or so, like Tree House, Locale, Tepache and Bohaus.
I recently spotted this construction project on Marcus Garvey Boulevard, just north of Fulton. It’s called the BedStuy Pop Up and looks like it’ll take up a nice amount of space. I checked out the website which says that it’s going to be a versatile event venue:
As a much-needed resource for entrepreneurs, artists, local organizations, and creative individuals, Bed-Stuy Pop-Up Shop provides state-of-the-art equipment, organic space, stellar service, and a convenient venue to carry out every venture. From fundraising to fashion, exhibits to entertainment, and parties to promotions…Bed-Stuy Pop-Up Shop doesn’t just change the game, it drives the movement.
This is just one of several new additions to Marcus Garvey Boulevard in the last year or so, and it is definitely a unique one. Think a pop-up venue like this will do well in the nabe?
Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend. I stayed in the neighborhood, and on a walk up Marcus Garvey Boulevard from Fulton Street I was struck by the changes coming to the stretch. Tracking business openings in Bed Stuy is interesting; because the neighborhood is so large you don’t see openings in any confined or specific locale. And on Marcus Garvey, there are still plenty of empty storefronts separating the newcomers. But it really is nice to see more commercial life on the street. Pictured above, Wing It is now at 439 MGB, between Macon and Macdonough. The place will serve wings (of course), burgers, salads, sandwiches and soul food.
Across the street at 410 MGB, the gift shop Locale has opened. I wrote about the store back in April. And the Mexican restaurant Tepache looks like it’ll open any day now on the northwest corner of MGB and Halsey Street. (I spoke with the owner about the new space last month.)
Finally, anybody have more details on this? It’s the old Marcus Vineyard space between Halsey and Macon. I couldn’t find details about Tree House online, so let me know if you know more than I do. UPDATE: It looks like the operators of this new spot will request a liquor license from Community Board 3 at the next monthly meeting.
UPDATE #2: A commenter points out that the landlord of the former Jeffrey’s location, at 426A Marcus Garvey, is looking for a new restaurant tenant. I’ve never been inside but it seems like a huge space.