The long-lived China Max Restaurant at 2261 Emmons Avenue served its last pu-pu platter.
The business closed up some time in the past two weeks, and a “For Lease” sign now sprawls across the storefront. The business had at first placed an “under renovation” sign up, but that renovation doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.
We don’t know why it closed, though we’ve heard rumors that a proposed rent hike led to a disagreement between landlord and tenant. Employees at Siam Orchid Thai Cuisine next door said they weren’t sure, and noted that they did not share ownership and the Thai restaurant isn’t going anywhere.
Thanks to the many, many people who contacted us about this. If the sheer number of readers who took an interest in the closure is any indication, it’s clear the restaurant will be missed.
A look at the new and improved BID website.
The Brighton Beach Business Improvement District (BID) launched a redesigned website with the goal of providing visitors with a better experience for exploring all the businesses and restaurants Brighton Beach has to offer. According to a press release, the BID will also be providing business owners with training to help manage their online profiles to better connect with the community.
The new website, which can be accessed by clicking here, will also track attractions and events unique to Brighton Beach. Yelena Mahknin, Executive Director of the Brighton Beach BID, was excited at the prospect of the launch.
“The borsht, blintzes, and beach are always great but we want the public to know that Brighton Beach has a lot more to offer. The new site will get the word out that Brighton is an exciting, active and thriving up-to-date community with something for everyone,” Mahnkin said in the release.
The administrators of the BID also wanted users to be aware of and participate in one of their first new projects, “Brighton Beach Pictured,” a photo contest, which we’ve previously posted about:
The Brighton Beach Business Improvement District (BID) is pleased to announce “Brighton Beach Pictured,” a photography competition and exhibition focused on Brighton Beach. Photographers entering the competition should aim to submit photos that capture the spirit, culture, ambiance, excitement and uniqueness of the Brighton Beach area and community.
Photographers may submit up to 5 images. Digitally altered images are welcome. The deadline for submissions is December 30, 2013. The project will culminate in an exhibition in January 2014 that will be held at a venue in the community.
Cash awards of $500, $300 and $150 will be given to the top three photographs.
Guidelines are as follows:
There are no restrictions on subject matter, but since the exhibition will be held in a community venue, overtly sexual images cannot be accepted.
Hear that would be photogs? No porno. Other than that, may the best Brighton Beacher win and good luck to the BID on their latest endeavor!
Councilman David Greenfield
Councilman David Greenfield wants to stop a dirty practice that is costing New Yorkers millions of dollars a year at restaurants across the city. The New York Post is reporting that Greenfield wants to enact heavy fines for eateries that deal in the tricky ‘double tipping’ practice.
Restaurants that con people into tipping twice do so by including the “suggested” gratuity in the bill and also add a tip line at the bottom of the credit card slip. Unassuming patrons then add on an extra tip, unaware that they have already been charged one. The Post described how the practice first saw the light of day:
Earlier this year, Manhattan tennis pro Ted Dimond sued a half-dozen restaurant chains – including Red Lobster and The Olive Garden – for regularly adding tips of 15 percent or more to the tabs of small dining parties.
His class-action suit cited a 2009 Post investigation that found that dozens of businesses had been caught engaging in illegal tipping practices.
Greenfield, who has proposed fining restaurants $250 who partake in the scam, spoke to the economic impact of the practice and the need for action:
“By our account, this is literally an in issue that is costing restaurant-eating New Yorkers millions of dollars every single year,” Greenfield told The Post.
“We’re not looking to hurt the hard-working waitstaff at restaurants,” he added. “But at the same time, we don’t want you to trick people into tipping you twice.”
The law would be enforced by the Department of Consumer Affairs, and require a disclosure on both the bill and the credit card receipt, in a font-size to be determined by the agency.
The bill has been referred to committee for hearings.
This is a paid announcement from Wheeler’s Bar & Restaurant, located at 1705 Sheepshead Bay Road.
Wheeler’s Restaurant, the Sheepshead Bay Road staple of traditional American fare, is now offering lunch specials of their most popular dishes at slashed prices.
Mondays through Fridays, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., diners can now get one of the 11 menu items for $7.95 and receive a free soda or coffee.
Here’s the full menu:
- Penne a la vodka
- Chicken Caesar wrap, served with french fries
- Buffalo chicken wrap, served with french fries
- Grilled cheese with bacon & tomato, served with french fries
- Roast beef & mozzarella on garlic bread, served on a roll with french fries
- Chicken cutlet parmigiana, served on a roll with french fries
- Half-pound burger, served with choice of cheese and french fries
- Turkey burger, served with french fries
- Veggie burger, served with french fries
- Mixed green salad (mixed greens, mozzarella, artichoke hearts and roasted red peppers)
- Grilled chicken Caesar salad
Lunch menu items are for dine-in only. No substitutions.
Family-owned since 1979, Wheeler’s is famous for its hefty burgers, spicy wings and friendly service.
Wheeler’s is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m., serving food until 2 a.m. every night of the week!
Wheeler’s Bar & Restaurant, 1705 Sheepshead Bay Road, (718) 646-9320.
The above is a paid announcement by Wheeler’s Bar & Restaurant. 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.
This is a paid announcement from Yiasou Estiatoria (2003 Emmons Avenue), Sheepshead Bay’s iconic Greek seafood escape.
With the first anniversary of Sandy coming up, the celebrated Greek restaurant Yiasou Estiatorio in Sheepshead Bay wants to say “thank you” to the community that supported it during its recovery.
On Tuesday, October 29, which marks exactly one year since the storm, Yiasou will offer its patrons 50 percent off their entire bill for lunch and dinner. The discount is for eat-in customers only.
“It’s been a difficult year for many people in Sheepshead Bay, but the community has really pulled together in the spirit of recovery,” said Peter Katsichtis, owner of Yiasou. “The one-year anniversary of Sandy is a reason to celebrate our future as a community and to say thank you to the many customers who have continued to be so supportive of our restaurant.”
Yiasou is located at 2003 Emmons Avenue (between Ocean Avenue and East 21st Street). The phone number is (718) 332-6064. The restaurant is open noon to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; noon to midnight Friday and Saturday.
The above is a paid announcement by Yiasou Estiatoria, located at 2003 Emmons 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.
One of the tasty dishes from A Taste of Sheepshead Bay 2012. (Photo by Erica Sherman)
Sheepshead Bites is proud to announce that A Taste of Sheepshead Bay, the biggest tasting event this side of the East River, is slated for Thursday, January 23, at 7:00 p.m.
For the past two years, the event took place in October. This year, we made preliminary announcements on Facebook that we were holding it in November. However, we decided to make it an even bigger, even better event – and to do that, we need more time. And so we’ve set the date for January 23, and we’re happy to say we also have a good chunk of the lineup in place.
We’re going to tell you a lot more about the event as the date nears, and will launch a special section of the website specifically for it. But, in the meantime, we do want to reach out and give a hearty “Thank you” to il Fornetto (2902 Emmons Avenue). For the third year in a row, Sheepshead Bay’s premier waterfront restaurant has signed on to be a sponsor of the event, helping keep the costs down for you, our readers.
If there’s a restaurant you’d like to see there, let us know in the comments (and let them know, too!). And if you have any other suggestions about the event, please do tell us. We’re working hard to make it the best event we’ve done yet.
If you’re a restaurant owner interested in participating, simply call (347) 985-0633 or e-mail nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.
So this is what I stumbled across on my walk to the coffee shop this morning, a putrid stream of slop and waste stretching a quarter of a block long, and filling the air with rancid scent.
The mess is in front of Chikurin, at 1702 Avenue Z. Unfortunately, I can’t say it’s the first time I’ve seen this. Over the past few weeks, there have been at least three instances of spilled waste, including a full bucket of grease knocked over into the tree bed, poisoning the soil, and creating a foul smell on one of the hottest days of the summer.
All businesses are required to hire their own private carting companies to haul off trash. Some hire better ones than others, and it appears Chikurin’s carter is skirting the strict regulations imposed on them by the Business Integrity Commission that require them to have proper seals and other measures installed on trucks to prevent such spillage.
Sheepshead Bites has had success in the past getting such careless carters fined, such as an incident last year, when a carting company had a broken seal that caused rotting produce and other waste to pour out on East 17th Street near Avenue Y. After surveillance video showing the carting company spill the waste was sent to the commission, they issued several thousands of dollars in fines.
Now we’ve informed the Business Integrity Commission of the latest incident. According to their database, updated quarterly, the carting company responsible is Viking Sanitation. However, a legally required decal on the window at Chikurin indicates only that American By-Products Recyclers is the waste carter – although a phone call to that company confirmed that they only pick up grease and cooking oil, not garbage. Many restaurants have two carters, one for garbage and one for grease, and they’re required to have decals for both. Here’s the lone decal:
The Business Integrity Commission is looking into the matter, and we hope to have an update soon.
Anatolian Gyro will move off of Sheepshead Bay Road, around the corner to 2623 East 16th Street, as their landlord ramps up for their third major storefront renovation project in the Sheepshead Bay Road area.
The restaurant has occupied 1605 Sheepshead Bay Road since 1994, becoming one of the earliest restaurants serving Turkish cuisine in Sheepshead Bay. It underwent an expansion at least 10 years ago, taking over a neighboring storefront.
Now the restaurant is moving around the corner, to make way for another renovation project by the landlord, Waldorf Realty.
Metin Turan, Anatolian’s owner, said that his lease is nearly up on the property, and that Waldorf did not offer a long-term lease renewal.
“[Waldorf] would only give me two more years on the lease. I didn’t want to take a two-year lease. It’s nothing. So I decided to move around the corner,” he said.
The new location will open in December or January.
The other stores in the building owned by Waldorf include Eye Appeal, which already moved to 1508 Sheepshead Bay Road, and Zeetron, an electronics repair shop that never reopened after Superstorm Sandy. The only remaining tenant is The Enterprise Gifts & Jewelry.
As we reported last week, Waldorf recently started prepping another Sheepshead Bay Road property at Voorhies Avenue, containing six ground-floor businesses, for a face-lift. They’re also nearing completion on a renovation of another batch of storefronts on the corner of Avenue Z and East 16th Street.
Pizza Bagel, the only kosher pizzeria on Avenue U east of Coney Island Avenue, located at 2724 Avenue U, has closed down as new owners renovate the storefront for its rebranding as Kosher Pizza Palace.
Pizza Bagel opened just a handful of years ago, and shuttered its gates in early August. The sign, announcing the management change, went up more recently, and workers were there on Saturday making some improvements to the exterior.
The new restaurant, Kosher Pizza Palace, is a Sheepshead Bay offshoot of the main location in Midwood, at 2916 Avenue M. No word yet on when it will open up.
Retro Grill located at 2556 Coney Island Avenue. (Photo courtesy of Andrei Barysevich)
One restaurant goes, another one takes its place. Say hello to the Retro Grill, located at 2556 Coney Island Avenue, taking the place of the Bosnian restaurant Ćevabdžinica Sarajevo II, (say that five times fast).
According to Andrei Barysevich, who we thank for submitting the picture posted above, Retro Grill will be serving Kosher burgers, salads, wraps and sandwiches. Our food critic Robert Fernandez had written positively about the Bosnian cuisine offered at Ćevabdžinica Sarajevo II several times, praising the Ćevapi and the moussaka, so we are sorry to see that establishment go.
Anyway, best of luck to Retro Grill. Let us know how it is if you happen to stop by.