It was way, way back in spring of 2010 that we last reported on the waterfront cafe slated to replace the Dunkin’ Donuts at 2712 Emmons Avenue. Back then, it was to be a second outpost for Masal Cafe (1901 Emmons Avenue), called Masal Cafe Seaside, and was scheduled to open just a few months later. Then the business partners quarreled, causing delays.
Fast forward three years, and the project has been re-christened Tulip Cafe Lounge, now headed by a former partner in Masal and a partner in Yooberry (1501 Sheepshead Bay Road).
With new signs hanging from the location, construction has been moving forward. They’ve ripped out the rear wall of what once was Dunkin’ Donuts, finally opening up the space to the beautiful waterfront (it’s long been a gripe of mine that there are not enough restaurants on the waterfront itself, and not enough of them capitalize on the scenery). It appears they have a small outdoor seating area back there as well.
The owners tell us they hope to open by the end of the summer, and will feature a Mediterranean vibe. They’ll serve a full menu of Turkish and Italian dishes, along with other goodies. Above is how it looks now, and here’s a rendering we found on their Facebook page: