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Jul 11, 2008 12:44 PM

Brawta Closed Again

Brawta Jamaican restaurant on Atlantic Ave. Last time NYS Tax people padlocked it. This time it is a landlord/marshal seizure.
Hard to get too sympathetic if they can't keep their business stuff together. Also hard to care all that much since they never seemed to care all that much about being friendly when I've picked up food there. The food has always been ok--not life changing but never bad. We'll see if they can work their way out of this one.

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  1. I agree that they seem to be a bit 'uppity' and have bad attitudes with customers. I think their jerek chicken is pretty damn good though.

    1. good Jamaica restaurants are busy at all hours...brawta has tumbleweeds rolling about when I've walked by. No thanks. I'll hit up Buff Patty or Islands.

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      1. re: MB fka MB

        Yeah - looks like this one is sticking - they had two or three seizures for taxes in the past, but this Marshall's seizure looks to be the end.

        They used to be fantastic, but have gone downhill drastically in the past decade, both in terms of quality and professionalism. Plus - they were pricey - $11-$15 for a roti?! I paid less at the Four Seasons in Nevis.

        It's the last holdout from the Hoyt Street corridor from when I first moved there in 1998 (Victory opened later that year), but I won't be sad to see them go.

        A side note - Amette or Ammette in Downtown Brooklyn is now Pumpkin Pot (or something like that) - same clueless service as before, but the food is still tasty, and when their jerk pork is on, it's great.

        1. re: lambretta76

          good to know, I'll have to check it out. Do they have weekend hours or is it mostly a M-F place?

          1. re: lambretta76

            Fast and Fresh deli is still making tacos, I hope!

            1. re: Widmark

              Yeah - but that was a women's clothing store 10 years ago ;) As far as I know they didn't make tacos there.

              1. re: Widmark

                Yes they are. In fact, I am going to a party there this evening.

                1. re: bobjbkln

                  If we're still talking about F&F, I'd appreciate a report--on the party, I guess, but just a general report on them. I tried it back when it was written up in the Times and everyone was buzzin on it and I was disappointed. Dry and ordinary--something I might come up with at home with the munchies and an empty icebox. I've long wondered if I just hit a bad moment.

                  1. re: JonL

                    Despite the humidity and the stillness in the air, the back garden was really comfortable. I thought the food was great. The guacamole and salsa were totally chunky and homemade tasting. Everything was nicely spiced (perhaps a little less heat than I would want, but one has to be careful when dealing with the tastes of many people). Also had chicken quesedilla. el pastor tacos, and a bunch of other things including something resembling an egg roll filled with cheese (I'm sure this is a common item, but my Mexican food knowledge is limited). They kept on bringing out more food. I am not a Mexican beer fan (too bland), but the bottles Negro Modelo I had worked very well with the food.

                    All in all, we were quite pleased and will go back for lunch soon.

                    BTW, I think this was a great idea for an informal party. While I have no idea what it cost, I have to think the the per person price was much less than most places. The service was great also. They really wanted to please and there were zero language issues for non Spanish speakers.

                    Back to the original topic: on the way home from F & F, I noticed the plantings in front of Brawta. With them gone, who will take care of the corn?

                    1. re: bobjbkln

                      Thanks for the report. Glad it was done well and I'll be glad to try them again.

                      Probably the block association is taking care of the plants but a thought came to me---that corner garden across the street could maybe do something to justify their existence by taking on the care & upkeep across the way. Over the 15 years I've been in the hood I can't remember more the 5 times that I've seen anyone using it. Seems like someone's personal hobby for the benefit of....who? Well maybe taking on the Brawta corner can earn someone some karma points. (I'm certainly opening myself up to many corrections and I will stand corrected if so....but this is so totally off topic.)

                    2. re: JonL

                      They're really hit or miss recently, depending on who is doing the cooking. About a month ago I had it and it was delicious. A couple months before that I threw it in the trash.

                      I guess if you live close like I do it's no big deal, but I wouldn't travel for it. At least not at the moment.

            2. well---for betterer or for worserer, they are back in bizniz..

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              1. re: JonL

                And now, for betterer or worser, Brawta is gone for good. Owner has closed it up (and gone back to Jamaica after a death in the family, I was told by someone selling dishes & stuff out front). Under the circumstances, I never understand why 'closed for renovations' signs were put up. A 'thank you Atlantic Ave, now I'm outta here' note would have been more informative, neighborly, real. Whatever.