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Restaurant Blotter: Secret Soft Opening on Smith St., Marco Polo Closes for Renovations and More

The latest dish on restaurants in Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill.

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. Got a tip? Send it to joanna.prisco@patch.com

A Certain Restaurant is Having a Soft Opening on Smith St.

Ahem. We are not officially reporting on anything, simply observing a few tweets we've received and a recently spotted sandwich board on the sidewalk outside a . Do with this information what you will. But the unofficial, off-the-record yet oft-repeated word on people's lips seems to be "awesome."

Marco Polo Closed for Renovations

The longstanding Court Street is getting a reboot and will be closed through September 17. Stay tuned for updates!

Momofuku Milk Bar Adds Pineapple Upside Down Cake to Wedding Repertoire

The cute and quirky minds at have introduced a new retro-inspired flavor to their wedding cake collection: Pineapple Upside Down Cake. "Their updated version of the old-school cake is soaked with buttermilk-cherry and layered with yellow cake crumbs, white wine, cardamom-poached pineapples and a special "PUD" frosting, which is made with poached pineapples and yellow cake mix," reports Brides.com. Just add a beehive and you're good to go.

Louise August 01, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Hope Marco Polo isn't leaving....that will be it!!! They say closing for renovations then before you know it they are opening a new Cafe Bar...or ice cream place...or even a yoga place....
Danielle August 01, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Louise, I know the folks over at Marco Polo well. They are, indeed, closed for renovations. I pleaded with them to keep the old-school murals and piano but, alas, those 2 items will be gone when they re-open. They are going to expand the bar area (which was always kind of awkward with the pole in the middle and the unusual shape) and they promised me they would keep the great, fresh pasta dishes! ;-)
Louise August 02, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Great..Thanks Danielle for the information..

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