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Norodny International Food Store closed up shop at 1703 Sheepshead Bay Road earlier this month, leaving yet another storefront on the commercial corridor empty.

The store was open for about seven months, having started business in May and replacing a florist that closed after Superstorm Sandy.

We were told by a fellow business owner that the business had trouble attracting customers and meeting high rent. It joins Luv My Vision and J’Adore Paris, two more Sheepshead Bay Road shops that closed down this month, while a third, Salon Evolution, announced it will move off the strip to an Emmons Avenue location next month.

Good luck to its owners on their future endeavors.

THE BITE: I have to admit that when I saw this restaurant being built, I wasn’t too pleased. Just what we need, I thought to myself, another kebab house. I watched as it came together and finally wandered in this week.

Ćevabdžinica Sarajevo II, 2556 Coney Island Avenue, has been open for about two weeks, and now I say, “Welcome to the neighborhood!”

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Don’t believe the signs! Though Taste of Romania’s Europa Bistro still flaunts “Grand Opening” flags, the Italian-Romanian eatery at 1652 Sheepshead Bay Road has closed down after less than a year in business.

Europa Bistro opened in January, replacing La Sorrentina II. One of the two owners of the business told Sheepshead Bites’ Robert Fernandez a few weeks ago that he planned to buy out the other owner, and reopen with more of a focus on hamburgers and other quick-fix foods – which could help balance things out on the stretch that’s home to more sushi shops than Tokyo. We just hope they keep the pastrami.

Whatever happens, best of luck to those involved, and we hope to see this space put to good use soon.

Welcome back to The Bite, Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we check out a different offering from one of the many restaurants, delis, food carts, bakeries, butchers, fish mongers, or grocers in our neighborhood. If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.

Pastrami. Just the word evokes a certain time, a certain place. I think of the Lower East Side with Katz’s or the Second Ave Deli; not Sheepshead Bay Road. So imagine my surprise when I saw a hand-written sign in front of Taste of Romania Europa Bistro (1652 Sheepshead Bay Road) touting their “in-house smoked pastrami.”

With a sense of excitement I entered the restaurant. But, wait a minute. Looking around I wondered if I made a mistake. The restaurant, housed in the old La Sorrentina space, still looked like the same old pizza joint. The glass cases on the counter still displayed a variety of pizzas. The pizza ovens still loomed as large sentinels behind. In fact, a pizza was being removed from the oven as I approached.

So what gives? Where’s the steam table? Where’s the smoker? Where is the pastrami?

Turns out the pastrami was there, just not front and center. Like many a treasure, you’ll need to seek this pastrami out. This pastrami is not on display; it’s kept hidden away in a special back room, until it’s needed. It is then cut to order and heated in the pizza ovens until warm.

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Brooklyn Cafe Glechik Sheepshead Bay

Vareniki comes smothered with crispy fried onions.

Welcome back to The Bite, Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we’ll check out a different offering from one of the many restaurants, delis, food carts, bakeries, butchers, fish mongers, or grocers in our neighborhood. If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.

This week, we take a bite out of two Eastern Eurpean food standards: pelmeni and vareniki. Both are usually served hot; both are available in just about every “Russian” restaurant in the neighborhood; one is from Russia and the other from the Ukraine. Both are delicious.

“But what are pelmeni and vareniki? A Russian high wire act?” I hear you say. Find out more about the dish, and what we thought of Cafe Glechik.

Welcome back to The Bite, Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we’ll check out a different offering from one of the many restaurants, delis, food carts, bakeries, butchers, fish mongers, or grocers in our neighborhood. If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.

Usually, we here at The Bite try to avoid controversy, but it seems to find us anyway. So this week I decided to embrace the controversial, and headed out to Cherry Hill Market to throw myself in the midsts of one of the neighborhood’s biggest, most heated controversies.

And by that, I mean I picked up one of the more contentious dishes in Russian/Ukrainian cuisine: Chicken Kiev. Oh, what controversy did you think I was talking about?!

Read our take on Cherry Hill’s Chicken Kiev, and a bit of the conflicting histories behind the dish.

euorpa bistro romanian food sheepshead bay

La Sorrentina II, the pizzeria that previously occupied this storefront at 1652 Sheepshead Bay Road, has finally closed down after one of the longest, most drawn out restaurant deaths in history. Opening in its place is Taste Of Romania’s Europa Bistro, an Italian and Eastern European eatery.

Not to be confused with the overpriced Manhattan soup-and-sandwich chain, Europa Cafe, this bistro will offer “home smoked delicacy.” We’re not sure what that means or why foods may be better if smoked at home and not elsewhere. We’re similarly unsure how Romanian food and Italian food come together. Our guess? The pizza ovens were left over from the previous business, so the new owners figured, “Hey, why not?”

Or perhaps they’re waiting for a German restaurant to open next door so they can declare war on Glechik across the street.

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.

At the end of the month, Cafe Glechik of Sheepshead Bay will be opening its doors to the public. The 1655 Sheepshead Bay Road location is the first expansion to the Brighton Beach Ukrainian restaurant, and is going to be much larger, spiffier, and boozier, according to a Grub Street writeup:

After a little more than a decade in Brighton Beach, Café Glechik will bring Ukrainian dumplings and some of New York’s favorite soup to Sheepshead Bay at the end of the month. The second location will serve the same menu, but will feature two floors of seating to better accommodate large groups and a liquor license to keep them entertained. The owner made special trips to the Ukraine for the décor, so expect a display of Eastern European kitsch that outdoes the diminutive original.

The current Cafe Glechik (3159 Coney Island Avenue) was visited by Anthony Bourdain’s Travel Channel show, which you can watch at the cafe’s website.