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Jan 3, 2012 08:54 AM

Park Slope's Changing Landscape

A quick drive down Seventh Avenue reveals that, in addition to the Grecian Corner, now BARRIO, SETTE, CHILIES & CHOCOLATE and UNCLE MO's have all closed up shop.

With recent space invaders such as the Cheeb-Cheeb and Dunkin' Donuts taking hold, is it safe to assume that Park Slope (at least Seventh Avenue) is finally opening itself up to the chains?

I realize there are other recent entries like Faros and Okeanos (wonder how they're doing?) and the grand opening of TALDE is imminent. The signals are mixed.

207 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Uncle Moe's
341 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Chiles & Chocolate
92 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Barrio Plates
210 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

314 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

84 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

369 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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  1. Not sure about Barrio: they've got old newspapers covering their windows, usually a sign that some renovation is going on. However, you may be right about a closure.

    The Slope, from Ninth St. to Flatbush, is, indeed, turning into a characterless, chain-dominated run of coffee bars, cell phone stores and realtors. Sure, sure, there's Clay Pot, Community Bookstore, some toy stores and one or two family pharmacies. But, as a friend recently pointed out, without a community BID or beautification group, the character of Seventh Ave. will continue to deteriorate into nausea.

    But, on the other hand, there's Seventh Ave. from Ninth St. south, there's Fifth Ave. and there's even a few well-imagined restaurants on Sixth Ave. (I'm thinking of Piccoli, in particular).
    So, stop kvetching and start've still got enough decent restaurants to keep you busy for a year.

    Piccoli Trattoria
    522 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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    1. re: famdoc

      You mention Fifth Ave famdoc, where Auntie Suzie's and Kappa Sake House are recently shuttered.

      Aunt Suzie's
      247 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

      Kappa Sake House
      388 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

      1. re: FastEddie

        A note of sarcasm. I would hazard a guess that between Flatbush Ave. and 21 St., Fifth Ave. has more than one hundred restaurants that are still open. At least 20 of them serve very good or excellent food. Search this board for everyone's favorites, but, in terms of frequency of good reviews, I think Convivium, Al di La and Stone Park are near the top of the list.

        Convivium Osteria
        68 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

        Al Di La
        248 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

        Stone Park Cafe
        324 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

    2. Leaf and Bean is gone as well:

      This blog also documents other closings in the general vicinity due to landlords charging rents that are too damn high... (Sorry, could not resist


      Also, it seems to indicate that Barrio is only renovating.

      Leaf & Bean
      83 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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      1. re: StheJ

        Leaf and Bean is gone! Gasp... they had the best gifts for foodie friends. sigh...

        1. re: StheJ

          Damn. I'm really sorry to hear about Leaf & Bean.

          1. re: StheJ

            Is this Leaf & Bean related to the one that used to be on Montague St in Bk Hts? They used to have the most awesome brunch with the bottomless cup of coffe that left my hands shaking by the end of the meal as I had way too much caffeine. That place holds a sweet spot for me.