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Jun 4, 2009 08:03 AM

Elementi in Park Slope Files for Bankruptcy

Read today in Crane's New York Business.Com that Elementi filed for bankruptcy on Monday. Here is the link — the article says it all.

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  1. big mistake not paying the IRS. You always pay the Fellas first.

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    1. re: bigmackdaddy

      not surprised at all, they had a large space and it was never very busy.

      1. re: slopeguy

        empty, empty. Never tried it, but it couldn't have been worse than Sotto Voce, which mysteriously packs them in. New Italian restaurants are suicidal in the Slope these days. So are most other restaurants. I fear we're in for more cell-phone and glasses stores or else FOR RENT signs everywhere.

        1. re: Laddie Din

          It definitely wasn't worse than Sotto Voce--it was considerably better. I'd say it was "good" (as opposed to very good), if uneven. There was definite effort being put into it, as opposed to Sotto Voce, at which there hasn't been anything new under the sun for the past decade, as far as I can tell.

          1. re: planetjess

            I think Sotto Voce is popular because it's cheap. Wasn't Elementi somewhat more upscale? Aunt Suzie has survived all these years too.


            1. re: Peter Cherches

              Yup, Elementi was more upscale. Don't even get me started on Aunt Suzie's--that place has been a source of marital discord for me for years.

    2. You know what Park Slope could use in that space? A laid-back local bar. Oh, wait, that what Snooky's was

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      1. re: JanetG

        " Oh, wait, that what Snooky's was"
        IFunny... I was just thinking the same thing.! I wonder how that f'ormat' would do now?

        1. re: Tay

          Hmmm funny you should mention it, cuz that's what my business partner and I are thinking of doing.
          We looked at the Elementi space but the owner is asking a ridiculous amount per month.
          Elementi had very mediocre food anyways...

          1. re: secondbecky

            If I may...I'll betcha that someone who opens one of those "Chirping Chicken" type (open-grilled or Portuguese-style butterflied, marinated birds) places with huge volume at REASONABLE prices with great sides and can swing between massive take-out and a sit-down area (perhaps with a garden-space?) will do quite well....this economy demands nothing more. Think Dallas Jones BBQ, except focused less on red meat, more on quality technique and having enough addictive buzz, especially for the 'Slopers.

            1. re: Mike R.

              Mike, they have one named Coco Rocco, Peruvian yes, not sure about the chicken though.

              Ahh Snooky's that place was awesome back in the day

              1. re: slopeguy

                Coco Roco used to be my favorite restaurant in the slope, then they took a serious nosedive. But it's possible the chicken is still good.

      2. A friend of mine worked there and hated it. I'm not surprised to hear that they failed to pay their payroll taxes....

        I wonder what's going to happen with the wife's "MYR" cosmetic store further down 7th Ave. That place is ALWAYS empty.