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Dec 3, 2008 07:05 PM

Boerum Hill Food Company closed

Apparently, Boerum Hill Food Company has closed. Will anybody miss it?

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  1. Miriam (Cobble Hill) too. And Cafe Dore is closed "for renovations." Trout closed a few weeks ago.

    I have a feeling this is only the beginning of a bunch of closures. This economy can't support all the mediocre and just-okay restaurants that have sprung up on Court, Smith and 5th Ave in the last 5 years.

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    1. re: oolah

      Agree completely. On 5th avenue alone, two new italian restaurants just opened in direct competition with Al Di La which hasn't been as insane to get a table at as it had been even 6 months ago. I expect to see at least Zilli (btwn 1st and 2nd) close shortly and Aperitivo is rarely crowded too. Not sure how long before they do something drastic there too.

      1. re: kiteIess

        Zilli's closed last week. It's really a shame it never caught on. Nice people, good food, super affordable. And yeah, I don't know what the deal is with the new Italian place between 2nd and 3rd, or the place that moved into Cocotte's space.

      2. re: oolah

        Won't miss Miriam but will miss BHFC - at least the old BHFC from a couple of years ago that would actually answer their phone for delivery and had some good egg dishes and fantastic cinnamon toast. Sadly those days (as well as my days of a childless brunch with just my wife) are long gone :D

        1. re: oolah

          Jill's on Court St, that always empty vegan raw foods restaurant, is now closed too. Margaret Palca will also be closing her Court St outpost.

          I'd bet the chocolate room and / or sweet melissa's cremerie are next. There's no way 2 overpriced dessert places stay open during a bad recession.

          Things aren't looking so good on this stretch of Court. There are now at least 4 storefronts that have been empty for over a year (ex-OTB, ex-Viva, ex-Paint Store, ex-Blockbuster), 4 more newly vacated ones (ex-Carciofo, ex-Miriam, ex-Jill's, ex-Palca), and the shakeout isn't over yet. Sad.

          1. re: oolah

            I don't understand the point of Sweet Melissa's at the moment....I needed a pie the other week and grudgingly stopped by there (I've never liked the place much) and it seems to only be an ice cream shop now, and not even homemade ice cream at that? What happened to all the cakes/pies/etc? I sure hope its Chocolate Room if only one of the two survive, I've liked everything I've purchased there...esp the mint ice cream.

            1. re: Nehna

              Nenha - the cakes and pies are in the back of the store.

            2. re: oolah

              When is Margaret Palca's closing? That's a shame, good hot chocolate and decent sandwiches IMO.

              1. re: MShapiro

                Wondering this myself - this would be sad indeed. Never had anything but good food, good desserts and over-the-top-friendly service there.

                1. re: cazique

                  I went in there a few times, but never bought anything. Just didn't seem appealing.


              2. re: oolah

                Of all the vacancies you mentioned, it seems only the space at Caffe Carciofo is being worked on. But, there are no details over what restaurant is moving in.

            3. Hard to believe that's true, given their affiliation with Saul and the large crowds I've always seen there. More importantly, they had recently upgraded their coffee operations, becoming the area's only Stumptown Coffee outlet (until, of course, Stumptown's rumored Red Hook roastery opens). As a result, they now served the best espresso and latte for miles around. Real shame if they're gone.

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              1. re: BGRose

                Yeah and what about that Stumptown roastery? I talked to one of the Mast brothers (of the eponymous chocolate purveyors) at the Brooklyn Flea a couple of weeks ago and he said he thought the roastery was now going to be in Wmsburg. But the Stumptown website's mum. Anyone have an inside track?

              2. I will miss it. I found it a reliable place for breakfast and I'd had some good dinners there too, before they stopped serving them. I hope oolah is wrong about this being the beginning of closures, but unfortunately I don't think so.

                1. I will for the coffee....will have to find a new place to get stumptown beans. im hooked on it.

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                  1. re: Nehna

                    Not close by at all, but Marlow & Sons in Williamsburg sells Stumptown beans.

                    1. re: Peter Cuce

                      The roster of places offering Stumptown is expanding quickly. A bit closer than Marlow & Sons is Get Fresh on 5th Ave in Park Slope.

                      1. re: Peter Cuce

                        Noticed that Momofuku Milk Bar is selling it now, too. Just drip coffee, no espresso it seems. Goes great with a compost cookie.

                        1. re: lambretta76

                          You can also buy it from their husband bought me 4 bags :) They roast it 'on demand' for you (with your name on the bag and the day it was roasted) and it was quickly sent to us by mail.

                          1. re: Nehna

                            So I come back from a month away to find that Court/Warren is now a stumptown cafe :) Wow was I excited to go in there yesterday morning all jetlagged and desperate for coffee. Nice staff, great coffee and a lovely almond croissant.

                    2. re: Nehna

                      I'm so sad to hear about BHFC - the employees were always very nice to me.

                      On the upside, those in South Slope are able to buy Stumptown Coffee at Roots Cafe. Thank goodness - it's a lot closer to me than the now-defunct BHFC.

                      Roots Cafe
                      639 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                      1. re: megan

                        The fabulous, long-time BHFC waiter, Lin, was spotted waiting tables at Building on Bond.

                    3. The Gowanus Lounge reports that the Boerum Hill Food Co. space is set to become a...Planet Wings?:


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                      1. re: missmodular

                        The gate was up and the windows papered over today...

                        1. re: missmodular

                          am i a horrible person if i am secretly excited about this? we got no wings. i'm sorry, but it's true.

                          1. re: fruitspam

                            my husband is feeling (guilty) excitement over it too.......I wish there was a non chain wing place opening. that would be more exciting.

                            1. re: Nehna

                              I've always enjoyed the wings at Lobo. With chips and their chipotle bbq sauce which alone is worth the price of admission. Just had them last night in fact - yum. Much better than their regular Mexican* food.

                              *initially typoed "Marxican" - not sure what THAT implies...

                              1. re: cazique

                                something is worth eating at Lobo? ;)

                                1. re: Nehna

                                  Wings, chips, salsa and chipotle bbq sauce. I liked my blood-orange marg just fine. I make no other guarantees :)

                            2. re: fruitspam

                              Try the wings at Hanley's on Court and 4th Place. I like their "original" wings which are breaded, served dry and crispy. I'm pretty sure they have wings with different sauces, too.