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Prom Outfitters, a new formal wear shop, has opened at 2417 Coney Island Ave, just south of Avenue U.

According to an employee at the store, they’ve been up and running for about two weeks. It’s the second location for the business. The original store still serves customers at 1001 Flatbush Avenue.

The new Coney Island location replaces one of the many storefronts once occupied by Lester’s clothing store, a Sheepshead Bay staple that has been shrinking its retail footprint over the past year.

Welcome to the neighborhood, Prom Outfitters!

Source: DiFara.com

Legendary Midwood establishment Di Fara Pizza (1424 Avenue J) took to Facebook late last week and over the weekend, vowing to fight a $1,600 fine from the Department of Health for having too many chairs in the notoriously seat-strapped storefront.

Maggie DeMarco, daughter of famed dough-tosser Dom DeMarco, took to the social media site to explain a recent health inspection that left them with a B rating, saying that they had extra folding chairs in the kitchen.

Maggie wrote on Thursday:

A few years ago we purchased extra seats as we do get very crowded most of the time. We were always kind and would bring out an extra chair if someone asked … Those folding chairs caused us to get a B grade. As someone who has been doing this a very long time, I want people to know not to panic when they read grades on food service businesses . It rarely ever means anything hazardous to the public … At this time, we will no longer have anymore than 19 seats at all times.

According to city regulations, restaurants with 20 or more seats must have a public, handicapped-accessible bathroom. Di Fara does not. Their bathroom is behind the counter, in the kitchen.

On Saturday, Maggie updated Facebook fans on the developments. The city sent the business a letter offering to settle the case for $1,600 or spend a day attending a hearing. DeMarco suggested it’s a racket, and one she won’t stand for.

A business tends to settle just to avoid the inconvenience of attending the hearing. I , however will attend the hearing as I want the 19 seat rule explained to me clearer as we can not continue to pay fines for unexpected violations.

She also expressed her wish that the Department of Health assign dedicated inspectors to each restaurant, allowing them to build relationships and be subject to uniform standards on each visit – the inconsistent interpretation of regulations being a common complaint from restaurant owners.

DeMarco returned to Facebook again late last night, noting that the inspector appears to be a little ignorant of the laws. After some research, she discovered that the bathroom requirement is only applicable to restaurants opened after 1977. Since Di Fara Pizza opened in 1965, the eatery should be grandfathered in.

The hearing for Di Fara’s appeal is scheduled for March 18.

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Kings County Divers Corp. at 2417 Avenue U is closed for good after 40 years of serving the Sheepshead Bay diving community.

According to the business’ website, the store closed for good on February 28 following a clearance sale.

“Your continued patronage to our company has been truly appreciated, and we are so grateful for having the privilege of satisfying your needs as our loyal customer. We do understand that the closing of Kings County Divers may be an inconvenience,” owner Mia Interrante wrote in the statement.

No reason for the closure was given. A Kings County Divers Alumni Association was launched on Facebook to keep the business’ diving community intact.

Good luck to the owners on their future endeavors.

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Loehmann’s discount clothing store at 2027 Emmons Avenue closed for good on Wednesday, wrapping up its seven-week-long closeout sale.

We first announced the impending closure of Loehmann’s in early January, after the retailer filed for bankruptcy and won a court decision permitting it to sell of inventory and holdings.

Thirty-nine stores in all are now closed, ending a nearly 100-year-long presence in the borough where it all began.

The Sheepshead Bay Loehmann’s opened its doors in the 1990s after a long and bitter battle between the property developer and locals who feared it was an inappropriate use of waterfront land. A special zoning district was enacted for the Sheepshead Bay waterfront in the 1970s, reserving the land for waterfront- and tourist-related activities.

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There’s only one way a reporter of my integrity and standards knows how to report on the closure of Siam Orchid Thai Cuisine at 2259 Emmons Avenue:

“NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!”

Sure, it’s not like they were the best Thai food in the world. But they were pretty much the only Thai restaurant in the area for what seemed like forever. Now we have Thai Basil on Nostrand Avenue, which is a solid takeout option, but we’ll miss Orchid’s waterfront views and fish tank full of giant, ugly fish.

China Max next door closed down in November. Attempts to reach the property owner were unsuccessful, so we can’t say for sure that Siam is closed for good. But it did not appear to be renovating, and there was no sign for customers.

ลาก่อน, my Thai friends. And good luck.

Source: Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com/Flickr

In the face of ongoing complaints about the regulatory burdens placed on New York City’s small businesses, the city government has released a short guide to avoiding the most common violations affecting small business owners.

The two-page guide shows how to comply with rules that account for more than 30 percent of small business violations. It was released in December, but we only caught wind of it in an e-mail newsletter earlier this week, and couldn’t find a link to it on any of the related city websites – so we figured it was worth sharing.

The guide is an initiative of NYC Business, the new online destination that hopes to be a portal for all small business owners. Their site launched in late 2013, with basic information about starting a business and overviews of various regulations. The site is meant to be a hub that brings together the services of various agencies, including Small Business Services the NYC Business Acceleration team.

Plans for the NYC Business portal include expanding the services offered, with a permit, license and inspection status tracker, and increasing the number of  permits and licenses one can apply and pay for online.

The two-page guide lives online at on.nyc.gov/topviolations. But, in a groan-inducing display of ironic inconvenience, that URL just forwards you to a .pdf of the pamphlet. So to make it easier, we’ve posted it below. Click to enlarge.

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To say we’re late with this news would be an understatement. Vittoria Seafood and Grill opened a week before A Taste of Sheepshead Bay in January, so my mind was elsewhere and I forgot to report it. But, alas, Vittoria is here, it’s open, and so far I’m hearing good things.

Located at 3081 Emmons Avenue, Vittoria replaces Jumpin’ Bean, which closed in October. It’s owned by one of the former partners of the Avenue U staple La Trattoria, which he left to launch the new eatery, as well as one of the former partners of OPM further down Emmons.

Have you been to Vittoria? What did you think?

Source: Arbuz via Facebook

Source: Arbuz via Facebook

Our friends over at Arbuz tipped us off to yet another business set to open on Sheepshead Bay Road called Sugar & Spice.

The business will open at 1703 Sheepshead Bay Road, replacing the short-lived Norodny International Food Store, which closed up in December after just seven months.

It’s not clear what sort of store it will be? Ladies apparel? Sex shop? Could be just about anything.

What do you think?

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The following is a paid announcement from the Kings Bay YM-YWHA (3495 Nostrand Avenue):

Kings Bay YM-YWHA at 3495 Nostrand Avenue features a number of enriching summer camp programs, designed to meet the interests of every kid and the expectations of every parent.

SIGN UP BEFORE FEBRUARY 21, 2014 AND RECEIVE $150 OFF!

The seven summer camp programs now open for registration include:

  • Preschool Camp
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  • Swim Camp
  • Basketball Camp
  • Hebrew Dual Language Summer Camp
  • Russian Dual Language Summer Camp
  • Summer Camp for Special Needs

Our camps are open to kids ages 2 to 15.

We take our kids to a fun-filled and beautiful outdoor facility on a country-like campus in Bay Ridge several times a week. There, they’ll enjoy baseball and soccer fields, an outdoor pool, private bowling alley, movie theater, basketball courts, arcade, and an on-site cafe.

In our programs, kids go swimming four times a week and enjoy hot meals every day. Our buses to the facility, as well as on the several field trips throughout the summer, are air-conditioned. We also offer door-to door transportation, and provide the additional convenience of early drop-offs and late stays.

Camp goes from June 27 to August 22.

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To register, visit www.kingsbayy.org, call (718) 648-7703 ext. 223 or e-mail info@kingsbayy.org.

The above is a paid announcement by Kings Bay YM-YWHA (3495 Nostrand Avenue). Sheepshead Bites has not verified the claims made in this advertisement. If you own a business and would like to announce a special offer to tens of thousands of locals, e-mail us at advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

The following is a paid announcement from il Fornetto Italian Restaurant & Caterer (2902 Emmons Avenue), Sheepshead Bay’s premier waterfront dining experience.

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Click to see our special prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu.

The above is a paid announcement by il Fornetto Italian Restaurant & Caterer. Sheepshead Bites has not verified the claims made in this advertisement. If you own a business and would like to announce a special offer to tens of thousands of locals, e-mail us at advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

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