Thursday, March 08, 2007

Brooklyn Nibbles: Court Street Edition

Our Court Street correspondent has reported in with a rundown of food and retail developments on the Gowanus Expressway end of that street. We present the news exactly as she gave it to us:

1) Leo's Bar, down the end of Court St, which has been mentioned in various blogs is still not open. Last week there were several stop work orders posted to the door with notes from the buildings authorities - lack of/outdated permits seemed to be the reasons cited. The notices and letters have since been removed but see no building work happening either.

2) The building that houses Le Scaramouche--the cute Argentinian bakery mentioned in some blogs as a good breakfast spot--is up for sale. Does this mean Gabriel, the guy who runs it, is out of the place? He's a good guy, very hard working and does right for the local community. Let's hope he doesn't get ousted. Go support him - they've got a new range of fresh breads in and they're great.

3) A gourmet-type French food store opened a few months back down by the office for Court Street Cars. Sadly they never seemed to do much business and have since closed up. They definitely tried hard and had interesting produce but I guess it's just too quiet down that end of the street to turn over a profit.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Leo's has had an active liquor license since January, so that's not the problem. Not sure what it could be.
2.If you look at the listing for the Scaramouche building you'll see that Gabriel has a relatively cheap long-term lease, so they should be fine. They finally have a neighbor moving in across Huntington, in the corner shop that's had the Russo signs on it forever. It will be very interesting to see what business makes its home there.
3.I thought A&A Spice was middle eastern, not French. The space has since been filled by a physical therapy office.

10:11 AM  
Blogger Miss Lo said...

the Scaramouche building has been up for sale for over 1 year and a half. Personally, ihave always found that "bakery" to be a little scary.

8:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think scaramouche provides the croissants to dean and deluca nyc, if so, holmes will be just fine

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leo's is a great place to meet friends for an after work drink. It seemed liked after 4 hours no time had passed.... Had such a great time. The music was very tasteful as well as the next visit for Monday night football on four lrge screen tv's.... The entrance on the side was tasteful around the corner of court on nelson. I heard there is an ad out in the Caroll Paper about Leo's this Fri....It has only been a few weeks open but the owners were a nice couple.

7:58 PM  

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