A spate of business reopenings in the last few weeks has seen some key shopping and eating destinations return to Sheepshead Bay for the first time since Superstorm Sandy. In contrast to recent news reports that have said as many as 40 percent of Sheepshead Bay businesses remain closed, the vast majority of businesses on Sheepshead Bay Road and Emmons Avenue are now open, sending a clear message to would-be visitors: Sheepshead Bay is open for business.

Here’s a rundown, in photos, of the latest businesses to reopen, some newcomers altogether, and what we’re still waiting for.

As the photo above indicates, Delmar Pizza and Italian Eatery (1668 Sheepshead Bay Road) reopened, with the first slices served last Friday.

Below, we see that the corner of Sheepshead Bay Road and Emmons Avenue is making a comeback, with the three water-facing businesses – all of which were obliterated by Sandy – are making a comeback.

Emmons Deli (1729 Emmons Avenue), better known to locals as Zephyr’s, home of many lottery winners, is totally redone, with a bright new interior that makes it seem much more spacious.

V & S Pizza (1723 Emmons Avenue) next door also reopened. Both V & S and Delmar have modernized their interiors, giving customers sleek new atmospheres to enjoy the famed grandma slice (V &S) and white slice (Delmar).

Next door, Istanbul Restaurant (1715 Emmons Avenue) is coming along. We’re told they’ll be open in the next week or so, if not sooner, and we’re looking forward to some tasty liver cubes.

Munchinette (1738 Sheepshead Bay Road) is back with a real beautiful renovation. Their signage is coming soon, and I’ve already been there to slurp down some smoothies.

Caution: Seaport Buffet (2027 Emmons Avenue) is open. Why caution? This.

Baku Palace (2001 Emmons Avenue) opened up fairly quickly after the storm, but a few weeks ago they shut down this patio section, ripped it all out, elevated it and reopened. We hope it saves them a headache in the case of future flooding.

Jewelry store Golden Door (1726 Sheepshead Bay Road) recently reopened, giving passersby a nice glimpse of bling.

Momoyama (1901 Emmons Avenue), the hibachi joint, is one that we get asked about a lot. Well, we haven’t heard from the owners, but we know they got a late start to rebuilding. We’ve seen them at work since and a peek into the window this week shows the hibachi tables are in place and work is progressing. But when will they open? Luckily, the wooden boards on their door have turned into a message board between customers and management:

So there you have it.

Aside from all these reopenings (and soon-to-reopenings), a few newcomers altogether have come to Sheepshead Bay.

This International Food Store replaced a florist at 1703 Sheepshead Bay Road. The owners were very friendly, and very insistent that we try their (Eastern European) foods.

And Jumpin’ Bean, a long-awaited Mexican restaurant that was set to open just as Sandy’s waves rolled through the 3081 Emmons Avenue storefront, is now open and serving up tacos, burritos and fajitas.

The Amberjack V (Pier 10, Emmons Avenue) also opened recently, turning a former dinner cruise boat into a full-fledged dockside restaurant. Try the octopus salad!

All that being said, there are still a number of empty storefronts. Many of them, like the set below, have simply moved elsewhere in the neighborhood. Here are a few of those:

And the bunch on this corner below are pretty much all open, but have moved elsewhere or are in the process of moving elsewhere as the landlord seeks to redevelop the property. Most have simply moved down the block.

There are a few business that just don’t seem to be coming back at all.

It does not appear any work has been done at Top Brgr (2267 Emmons Avenue) since the storm. Where will I get my fried oreos?!

Mambo Sushi (2005 Emmons Avenue) is also not coming back. As for Tzar and Fusion, which shared ownership, we’ve yet to hear anything definitive, but work was occurring inside Tzar on Monday.

7-Eleven (1509 Sheepshead Bay Road) is taking its sweet time. In fact, very little seems to have gone on there since Sandy, although we noticed that the windows were recently re-papered. The franchisee of another local 7-Eleven location told us that this is a corporate store. I guess the 7-Eleven corporation can stand to lose a couple of bucks, even if it means leaving our neighborhood looking abandoned. This is a perfect example of why local ownership matters, folks.

R.I.P. U Sweika (2027 Emmons Avenue). Potato pancakes. Potato… pancakes…

Still the businesses that remain closed – whether they’re not going to reopen or will reopen soon – are in the clear minority. If we didn’t mention a business here, you can bet it’s most likely open and has been for some time.

With the warm weather only getting better, pedestrian traffic is returning and local businesses are finally hearing their registers ring again. So tell you friends and family – Sheepshead Bay is open for business, so support Sandy recovery and shop local!

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  • EndofDaze

    This is terrific news! With further post Sandy FEMA money coming in, things are only going to get better, and better! Even Neck Road, west of our lovely renovated train station, seems to becoming tonier, and tonier! Only wish I had the money to invest in the Co-ops, and available Real Estate, instead of being ensconced in my rental, by the Bay! An historian friend of mine, believes that this might prove to be the biggest boom Sheepshead Bay, and its’ environs has seen, since the original boom, experienced here, in the 1920′s!!!

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

      The 1920s boom was the biggest. The 1960s boom doubled the population. What is happening these days is upscaling, which may not lead to permanent changes.

  • ES

    This is such a terrific post — very nicely done.

    • ES

      Also — really great job with the photos.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004956903338 Anthony Bellingeri Jr.

    Seaport buffet =)

  • Tuth

    Where is Cherry Hill? Are they still being blacklisted cause the old folks from the area are not happy?

  • Metsknicks

    Great news! The bay has been bare since Sandy. I wish all of those who re-opened success and feel badly about the ones that didn’t re-open. In this economy, it will be tough to see new ones spring up, so good luck to a place like Jumpin’ Beam and anyone else who coes to the bay to do business.

    Last summer, I walked around Sheepshead Bay one night and captured the sights of the neighborhood with my camera. The shots I took along Emmons Ave. were particularly nice. Little did I know how much the landscape would change in a few months.

  • wnson

    that 7/11 had only been in operation for a year. If it doesn’t come back, they better put a Burger King, wendy’s, KFC, etc. there

    • ES

      As the eternal optimist, I keep hoping for a nice Indian restaurant in that (or any other) spot in the Bay. Or maybe, fingers crossed, a kosher deli! If people in our neighborhood want good Indian food, they have to go all the way to Bay Ridge. I think we should try to compete with that. We have some great places that are jewels in the bay’s crown — Jimmy’s, Wheelers, Delmar, Jay and Lloyd, Randazzo’s, Roll and Roaster, Brennan and Carr, etc. — but in a concentrated stretch of thoroughfare like Sheepshead Bay Road, there needs to be more variety. Two — at most three — sushi restaurants more than suffices, but we have that much here on every block. Ridiculous. One has to give credit to Yooberry for trying to bring a measure of brightness and cleanliness to a stretch of block that otherwise looks like blight and hopelessness. I hope 7/11 bails and lets some independent business take its place, because it is disgusting, just sitting there looking hideous and abandoned.

      • nyckat

        why is 7-11 being allowed to take so long to repair or get forced out?

        • ES

          Clearly, they just don’t care that much. Corporations don’t care about people and neighborhoods — they care about profit. Local, independent merchants — in my experience — care more for people, oftentimes bending over backward for customers (because they want to retain them) and for fellow merchants, whereas corporations — and, I should point out, as a proud capitalist, I don’t have a problem with corporations; I do only when they do crap like this — are very by the book and do not embody real community spirit, such as you will find with Wheeler’s and Jimmy’s. It’s kind of like in religion: There are those who are more letter of the law observers, whereas some prefer to embrace the spirit of the law. That’s just my personal take on things.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004956903338 Anthony Bellingeri Jr.

      KFC would be nice

  • peppertree5706

    Delmar is fantastic pizza. One of my favorite in the city (and the world). It is now far better than L &B Spumoni Gardens in Bensonhurst. So glad to see you guys at Delmar open and cooking your wonderful pies.

    Will be visiting you soon. Ciao!

    • guest123

      its good but it was better pre sandy.

  • nyckat

    Also, Amberjack V on Pier 10 opened as a floating seafood café! YUMMY sounding menu- plan to go check it out next week.

  • Tuth

    I don’t think TOP BRGR is coming back, there is a For Lease sign standing on their lot. My guess is they grabbed some FEMA money and SBA Loans and bolted.

    • M. Smart

      Yeah, thats the reason that placed closed

    • raylotekka

      As much as I’d like to support local business, I’m not going to miss Top Burger. There was nothing special about them, apart from their prices.

      Honestly, this area needs a freakin’ Starbucks, and I think the Top Burger location would be ideal. There’s such a cafe culture on Emmons, and I think that Starbucks could only add to that.

      • Tuth

        I think we need hipster owned businesses. Not that I am a big fan of hipster culture but they do make good artisan food from time to time. What we have in Sheepshead Bay is first or second generation immigrants opening food businesses without any idea of food trends, service, and in many cases taste. The simple fact is that Sheepshead Bay residents will travel to North Brooklyn for a good meal but not the other way around. And of course, service, service, service, we need a waiter training school in the area!

  • Ziad

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    Thanks,

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