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Restaurant Blotter: New Burger Joint To Fill Tiny Digs on Hicks St.; Plus, More

"They will be Shake Shack-style burgers," according to the owner of the Cobble Hill restaurant.


Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill represent the crossroads of Brooklyn gastronomy. The blotter is our weekly roundup of restaurant happenings, events and deals.

New Burger Joint To Fill Former Gardening Store on Hicks St.

After running his hydroponic gardening store, Brooklyn Farms, for the last three years, owner Robert Veksler has decided to change careers and open a small restaurant in the same space at 521 Hicks Street between Kane Street and Degraw Street.

Registered under Inches Wide LLC, the new dining spot will serve gastropub fare, including "Shake Shack-style burgers for $5," said Veksler at a recent CB6 meeting where he presented his application for a liquor license [it was approved].

"The atmosphere will be low key, chill, mostly a neighborhood joint," he said. "A lot of people come back from work and don’t have a place to hang out. This could be a waystation for people from the neighborhood who don't want to go all the way to Court Street."

The Hick St. space has had previous incarnations as a barber shop and funeral parlor over the years, but it is currently under construction to determine what kind of a kitchen can fit inside the small space. Veksler, however, does not come to the hospitality world strangely. He grew up working in his parents' restaurant in Maryland. Stay with Patch for updates!

Frankies/Prime Meats Owners Likely Opening New Spot on Columbia St.

After various reports and rumors, a new restaurant in Red Hook from the owners of Frankies Spuntino is most likely located at on Columbia Street, according to Grub Street. "An energetic fallout of Le Fooding folks descended on 372 Columbia Street last night for beer, Champagne, and an extended grilling session with Danny Bowien and the Prime Meats crew," reported the blog on Monday. The good news? There's an outdoor space.

Taco Bell Inside Cobble Hill's LICH Flies Under Bloomberg's Radar

The city’s Health Department recently asked private health centers to follow public hospitals lead in declining to sell candy bars, bottles of soda, and fattening meals, according the New York Daily News.

But according to a LICH spokesperson, the Cobble Hill hospital has not been asked to participate in the ban. So for the time being, its Taco Bell stand appears to be staying put. The stand serves items such as The Volcano Nachos, topped with cheese, beans, and beef, which has 970 calories. 

Court St. Grocers' Latest Friday Night Dinner is a Soul Food Gutbuster

According to the restaurant's Facebook page, this week’s menu features humanely raised, antibiotic-free roasted pork shoulder from Heritage USA; black-eyed peas; collards; and macaroni and cheese. Yum. Call for reservations.


ANONYMOUS October 03, 2012 at 11:09 AM
Well LICH Hospital is starting a major layoff and is fighting to stay alive...I would think the mayor might direct his time worrying about that issue instead of policing a fast food restaurant. Fast food is only an option not a mandate...the man has lost his direction as a Mayor. Between the food mandates and bike mandates, when does he consider the rising crime rate, the increasing traffic problems in the city..and the list goes on...I just have a feeling he keeps some twinkies hidden in his desk drawer

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