Just 21 months after replacing another pizzeria at the same location, it appears Pizza Cardo at 1730 Jerome Avenue has itself been replaced, this time by Pizza by the Bay.
We noticed the sign switch earlier this week, but are unsure of when it actually changed hands. Pizza Cardo opened in September 2011, months after the closing of Benny’s Gourmet Pizza.
Both businesses were kosher, and, judging by the certification letter in Pizza by the Bay’s window, so is the new spot. It is the only kosher pizza in the downtown Sheepshead Bay area.
Let us know if you’ve given Pizza by the Bay a try. And best of luck to the new business – more-so than their predecessors, we hope.
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.
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Adelman’s Kosher Deli at 1906 Kings Highway closed its doors for good after 60 years of serving the Kings Highway neighborhood hot pastrami and fluffy matzoh balls.
The restaurant closed up at the start of Passover on March 25, as it does every year. But fans of the delicatessen were shocked when they tried returning after the holiday and found that the eatery never reopened.
As of yesterday, the restaurant remained closed and the windows were covered with paper. There was no sign indicating the closure or a goodbye message to customers. The business’ phone number has been disconnected, and owners could not be reached for comment.
According to a representative for the landlord, however, the neighborhood staple had fallen far behind on rent and was having money troubles. The landlord won an eviction against the business operator after failing to strike a deal.
The landlord, Waldorf Realty Co., said that there’s still a chance Adelman’s could reopen. The evicted owner was not the original owner of the restaurant, and the original owner may still have the right to seize the business and take over the lease.
“We’re waiting to see what the original owner of Adelman’s wants to do,” the representative said. “The Adelman’s name may be worth something to them. Maybe they’ll get partners or investors to come in and reopen it.”
Adelman’s has been in its current location for about half of its 60-year existence. To the right you can see a photo of the location taken by the Department of Finance in the 1980s.
Adelman’s was one of three remaining old-school kosher delicatessens in Southern Brooklyn. The last two are Jay & Lloyd’s Kosher Deli (2718 Avenue U) and Mill Basin Deli (5823 Avenue T).
Looks like MetroPCS has opened up a new location at 1401 Avenue Z, on the corner of East 14th Street.
The business opened its doors a week or two ago. It replaces Admire Boutique, which moved across the street and down the block after Superstorm Sandy.
We’re not sure, but this location could be a move for the MetroPCS that was at 1710 Sheepshead Bay Road, which shuttered after Sandy. Another MetroPCS location opened and then quickly closed on Sheepshead Bay Road in 2012, just around the corner from where this one is now located.
Good luck in the new location, fellas.
Brooklyn Bloom, a new cafe serving coffee, baked goods and more, is now open at 1607 Avenue U.
The cafe replaces Donut Connection, which itself carried misleading signage, as most of the place was given over to El Mexicano Restaurant Y Panaderia Mexicana, which we once gave rave reviews for their chicken enchiladas mole.
We’re not sure when El Donut Conexión shuttered, but Brooklyn Bloom opened about a week and a half ago, an employee told us.
Welcome! We hope Brooklyn Bloom blossoms!
Source: Google Maps
Reader Carly G. informs us that Lincoln Garden Cleaners at 2816 Coney Island Avenue is now closed. The business has been there for a long time – easily 25 years, since I certainly can’t remember it ever not being there.
Anyone know when Lincoln Garden Cleaners opened?
It’s another restaurant switcheroo at 1788 Sheepshead Bay Road, with Cafe Rokhat opening up last week on the site of two previous kebab joints.
The business replaces Aladdin Restaurant, which opened in December 2011, but ended up shutting down when Superstorm Sandy came through. The business that preceded it, Garden Bay Cafe, had a much longer run in the location, but similarly ended in tragedy when a fire ravaged the building.
We stopped in to check out the menu, only to learn that there wasn’t a single English letter on it. A waiter informed us it would serve dishes from Tajikistan, a central Asian nation that borders Uzbekistan. They also serve “some French stuff,” the waiter said.
Welcome to the neighborhood, Cafe Rokhat.
Source: Google Maps
The Young Israel Of Beford Bay Senior Center is ceasing operations at the end of the month, according to a report by News 12 Brooklyn.
The center, located at 2114 Brown Street, received a letter from the New York City Department of Aging stating that its contract will be terminated at the end of the month.
According to News 12, officials working for the senior center believe that a lack of funding is forcing the Department of Aging to close the doors of Young Israel’s senior program.
“If this place is going to be close, I’m going to be lost,” Jean Kesten told Brooklyn 12 News. “You feel like a family, you’re with people.”
About 70 seniors like Jean meet at the center every day to greet friends, read together and participate in activities like knitting.
While there are other centers in the neighborhood, the closure of Young Israel would force seniors to take multiple bus trips, a trying task for those comfortable with the convenience and ease that Young Israel provides.
Marlo Sommer, an executive secretary for Young Israel, echoed the difficulty of the impact the closing will have on the local seniors, “When someone is 80 or older, they don’t have, lets say the physicality or the mentality to go to another center and start from scratch.”
Please excuse the headline. I just couldn’t help myself.
KamaSutra at 1717 Sheepshead Bay Road is closed for good after Superstorm Sandy devastated the storefront.
For some in the neighborhood, its closing is Sandy’s silver lining, considering the fierce opposition when it opened.
CLARIFICATION (10/22/2012): We just received a call about this post from a reader who said our post was confusing. Our apologies – it is confusing, and part of that is because we put our latest updates above the piece, with the original post below it. So, to be clear, Vodka Gallery is not closing. They said they were, and had a closing party, but then announced that new management will take over the business and keep it alive.
Below is the update we posted Friday, after finding out our original post, which is below that on this page, no longer reflected the facts.
UPDATE (10/19/2012 @ 4:31 p.m.): We take it all back. Thirty minutes before this post published, the established announced via the very same Facebook page that a deal was struck, and the establishment would stay open under new management. However, it sounds like there’ll be a change in direction.
Here’s what they posted: “Everyone! Vodka Gallery is under new management (**more info to come, including what’s changing**)”
Fans, however, do not seem amused, with one saying they feel lied to, and another accusing them of playing with their heartstrings. We’re just happy to hear there won’t be another vacant storefront.
The Vodka Gallery (2376 Coney Island Avenue) has closed its doors for good, but not before holding one last vodka swilling bash this past Saturday, October 13. After four years of sharing shots, good times, and more shots, the Vodka Gallery “moved on to new adventures,” according to its Facebook page.
Rest In Peace.