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.
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Chiles & Chocolate
92 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
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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 eating...you've still got enough decent restaurants to keep you busy for a year.
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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.
68 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Al Di La
248 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Stone Park Cafe
324 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Leaf and Bean is gone as well: http://www.heresparkslope.com/home/20...
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