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Not so ‘Bueno’! Smith St. eatery to become a stationery store

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The Smith Street rumor mills can stop churning — a stationery store is taking over the now-defunct Bueno restaurant at the corner of Pacific Street.

Details are sketchy, but sources said that the boarded-up storefront near Atlantic Avenue will soon be pushing paper rather than skirt steak and potatoes.

The spot has changed hands so often in recent years — from Trout to Gravy to Fish Shack to Bueno, which lasted only a few months — Smith Street veterans are already skeptical.

“Seriously, a stationery store? There’s no way,” said Marc Elliot of Ceol, a chef and Smith Street historian who’s survived a rollercoaster of waxing and waning business on the strip. “You’ve got Rite Aid and Duane Reade nearby, and both of them will sell the same products cheaper.”

Elliot argued that Bueno failed because the “owners didn’t know what they were doing,” but still believes that the space should remain a restaurant.

Jim Mamary, Bueno’s former owner and pioneer of the Smith Street foodie scene, abandoned Brooklyn in December for New Jersey — possibly to form his next French empire.

Construction workers at the site wouldn’t say much on Monday, but noted that the shop’s owners are from outside the city and will show up within a week to check out the new digs.

It’s yet unclear what the site will look like when it’s finished — extensive construction started in March. Zoning on the lot suggests that the owners can’t build much more than a small store there.

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John from East Williamsburg says:
A "stationary" store? That's good. I'm so sick of those mobile stores that move around all the time.
June 8, 2010, 11:24 am
Sid from Boerum Hill says:
The spot has changed hands so often in recent years — from Trout to Gravy to Fish Shack to Bueno--- just shows you how much the Brooklyn Paper knows about the 'hood. It was all the same owner trying to find the right niche...which he didn't. They- the owners are still there at Pacifico...if they bothered to ask anyone...

A stationary store may be a good thing- the more different things the merrier...
June 8, 2010, 12:41 pm
Lisa from Cobble Hill says:
Ha, and also... it was Gravy and then Trout and then Since 1963 and then Bueno... am I right?
June 8, 2010, 4:04 pm
gordon from carroll gardens says:
...but will it stay stationary?
June 8, 2010, 5:54 pm
Adam from Cobble Hill says:
Jim Mamary has not left Brooklyn...he still owns a spot in Ditmas Park and another called Enduro in PLG. He's still in play around the area.
June 8, 2010, 9:34 pm
fatimah from cobble hill says:
If they will be selling paper, pens and ink, then it will be a stationery store.
June 9, 2010, 5:50 am
marc elliot from cobble hill says:
this is a mis quote, what i said was "since it changed so often that the neighbor hood "they" didnt know what was going on in the space from month to month" what got printed was "they didnt know what they were doing" SIC to say jimmy and alan dont know what they are doing is a ridiculous notion. they've owned over a dozen successful spots and are well versed in all aspects.. thank u ME
June 12, 2010, 10:53 pm

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