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The above poster was spotted in a storefront window in Kings Plaza Mall on Flatbush Avenue, indicating the imminent arrival of the first Southern Brooklyn Chipotle Mexican Grill.

The chain eatery has yet to announce the expansion on their website, but Chipotle fans from the area have been urging the company to set up shop on social media. Here’s a tweet from nearly a year ago asking the company to open up at Kings Plaza and Chipotle’s response:

There are other, more recent examples as well.

Until the location opens, the closest Chipotle location for Southern Brooklyn residents is in Cobble Hill, at 140 Court Street.

Thanks to Tina H. and Randy Contello for the photo and tip.

Grandpa's Pizza Storefront

South Brooklyn Pizza opened in March 2013 and it was so new to the area that most of you probably won’t mourn the passing of the “pizzaiolo.”

A new pizzeria called Grandpa’s Pizza Cafe will take over the 2224 Avenue U storefront, and a sign says it’s “coming soon.”

We’ve wondered before if that corner location is cursed. Before South Brooklyn Pizza, there was Calabrese Pizza & Restaurant, which was also short-lived. Before that, there was Tai Yuan, which was open for only a few weeks. Tai Shan preceded that – again, surviving only a few months. By our count, it’s been five different businesses in as many years.

Thanks to Randy C. for sending us the photo and tip.


A new eatery called Blinoff Creperie has popped up at 2421 Coney Island Avenue, next to the Burger King south of Avenue U.

Blini, for the uninitiated, is a Russian crepe. Very tasty served with salmon caviar and sour creme.

We shot this photo about two weeks ago, so if the doors aren’t open yet, they will be very soon.

The storefront was previously occupied by Verrazano Carpet.

Welcome to the neighborhood, Blinoff!

UPDATE (11:00 a.m.): Facebook user Vika left us a note pointing out that this sign has been up for about three months. So maybe it won’t be open all that soon after all.


It’s been many, many months since Mitoushi Japanese Fusion closed its doors and began construction to expand into the next door storefront.

So many months, in fact, we kind of lost track of just how long it has been, and even began wondering if they were done for good.

At long last, the scaffolding around the 1714 Sheepshead Bay Road storefront has been removed, and the new signage and glass windows are on display.

A big banner hanging across one of the windows says that it will open soon, and an employee told us last week that he expected it to be open some time next week.

The storefront it’s moving into was once the GNC store. That business has moved over a spot, taking over a MetroPCS location that did not reopen after Superstorm Sandy.


Okay, so it’s not that new. The owner of Elite Pets Spa at 2637 Coney Island Avenue tells me they opened shop about three months ago, which gives you an idea of how long it has been since I strolled down that corridor.

The store had a decent selection of pet supplies, once you get past the cage they make you stand in when you first enter.

Anyway, Elite Pets Spa replaces JM Auto Leasing.



New signage went up over at 1307 Avenue Z, the former home of Puff Caffe, revealing a rebrand as Love 69 Bar & Lounge.

The change happened within the last few weeks, though we’re told it’s the same owners as Puff, which came under new management about a year ago.

We haven’t been inside, but a Yelp reviewer notes that there’s been a redesign on the interior:

Before Love 69 (a little bizarre for a name of a hookah lounge), the previous Puff cafe underwent multiple. Its fairly similar, but now they have a stage (I’m assuming they will upgrade with live music) and more importantly, a full bar!

Decor now is a rustic, western theme. Same layout and cool decorations. Theme also includes sex; you’ll notice the bathroom door with a woman taped with “69″ on her boobs and a poster in the front with about 15 different explicit sex positions. Guess they took “sex sells” a little seriously?

Welcome to the area, Love 69.


A new shop recently opened at 1730 Sheepshead Bay Road called Women’s Fantasy, a clothing and lingerie shop for plus-sized women.

Women’s Fantasy opened its doors to customers in late November, but did not install a sign until the temporary one photographed above went up in the last week or two. It’s actually not a new business; Women’s Fantasy has been serving customers for more than a decade, with a storefront in Bensonhurst.

Women’s Fantasy replaces Pelame Top Design, a fur and leather retailer who closed up shop in June 2012, barely a year after opening.


Just a few short months after the closure of Jumpin’ Bean at 3081 Emmons Avenue, a new lease has been signed that will see Vittoria Seafood & Grill take over the commercial property.

We’re told Vittoria will be opened by the people behind La Trattoria Ristorante Italiano, a long-established staple at 2811 Avenue U. We expect Vittoria will focus on Italian-style seafood and steaks, a departure from the pasta and parmigiana at La Trattoria.

One hopes they’ll have better luck than its two predecessors, Jumpin’ Bean, which closed in October after just six months in operation, and Marmaris, a Turkish seafood restaurant that closed in late-2011 or early-2012.

Best wishes to Vittoria! We can’t wait to give it a taste.

Photo by Robert Fernandez

Photo by Robert Fernandez

Care Fast Pharmacy is now open at 3771 Nostrand Avenue.

The signs have been up for a few weeks as the storefront was being stocked, and the business opened its doors for the first time in the past week or so.

While there’s generally a lot of griping around here about the number of pharmacies in Sheepshead Bay, I’ll point out that this stretch of Nostrand Avenue is not really all that well served by independent, mom-and-pop drug stores, so it’s a welcome addition.

Good luck, Care Fast!


Zair Cafe, a new restaurant serving “Russian & Eastern food,” is set to open soon at 2223 Avenue X, the corner of East 23rd Street.

The new restaurant replaces an Eastern European luncheonette and food mart. We’re not sure when it closed down, or if it’s the same ownership.

A sign in the window says it will open soon and will also have catering options. We wish the new cafe good luck.

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