Brooklyn Bread House
There are big plans in store for the Brooklyn Bread House, which opened its doors at 1718 Jerome Avenue last Friday.
The business sells breads, cookies, cakes and other pastries baked daily on premises. That’s in addition to a wall of nuts and dried fruits, Eastern European candies, a pickle bar and specialty goods.
But the product that anchors Brooklyn Bread House is its Armenian lavash, a thin unleavened bread traditionally made by slapping flattened dough against the hot walls of a wood oven.
The bakery’s Armenian owner, a Sheepshead Bay resident and former home attendant, saw an opportunity to begin baking lavash in the neighborhood. According to her daughter-in-law and store supervisor, Mariam Margaryan, Armenian and Eastern European families around Sheepshead Bay enjoy eating fresh lavash, but there are no bakeries in the area that make it. Almost all lavash is imported from Los Angeles or Boston, Margaryan said.
Keep reading about Brooklyn Bread House’s offerings, and how they hope to expand.
Garden Bay Café, the Armenian restaurant on Sheepshead Bay Rd. between Shore Parkway and Emmons Ave, has not only failed its inspection, but has garnered the most violation points of any restaurant in the area: a startling 41.
The violations listed include:
1.) Pesticide use not in accordance with label or applicable laws. Prohibited chemical used/stored. Open bait station used.
2.) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to vermin exist.
3.) Hand washing facility not provided in or near food preparation area and toilet room. Hot and cold running water at adequate pressure not provided at facility. Soap and an acceptable hand-drying device not provided.
4.) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
According to the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, the violations requiring immediate action were remedied appropriately. But the 41 violation points was still a huge jump from its previous scores of 11 (11/9/06) and 9 (1/17/06). The new high score puts it just ahead of Anyway Café on Oriental Blvd. (37), La Sorrentina Pizzeria on Sheepshead Bay Rd. (36) and – can you believe it? – Kennedy Fried Chicken on Ave. X (33).
Way to go, guys, nice hustle. But maybe next time you should remember the point system in this game is a little more like golf.