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Smith Street eatery Saul is moving to Brooklyn Museum

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Saul, the renowned Smith Street restaurant, served its last meal Sunday before shutting its Boerum Hill location for a move into the Brooklyn Museum later this year.

Fans packed the pioneering eatery Sunday night to get their last taste of its fine eats in Brownstone Brooklyn.

“I’m very happy for Saul and Lisa, but also devastated, because this was our around-the-corner, go-to restaurant,” said Cobble Hill resident David Bloomfield, who has been dining at Saul since it opened. Bloomfield had the cauliflower soup, Merguez-style sausage, and prime rib off the special menu at the proverbial last supper.

The beloved restaurant is expected to move into the Brooklyn Museum this fall. The new table-service restaurant will have approximately 80-seats. It will sit on the first floor adjacent to the museum’s recently renovated cafe, for which Bolton will also create the menu. Although the Smith Street restaurant only served dinner, the new Saul will serve lunch, brunch, and dinner and offer patio seating on the museum’s outdoor terrace.

“We wanted to create an important destination for food at the museum,” said Arnold Lehman, the museum’s director. He added that the iconic institution on Eastern Parkway, and its food service operator Restaurant Associates, had sought out the acclaimed eatery.

“Saul has been for a long time a really important focus for food in Brooklyn,” he said. “He was one of the first who really brought a significant dining experience to Brooklyn and he’s well-known and much-loved.”

Chef Saul Bolton opened his popular namesake eatery with his wife, Lisa, in 1999, when Smith Street was on its way to becoming Brooklyn’s famed restaurant row. The establishm­ent’s quality of dining is so high-end that it has merited a coveted Michelin star for seven consecutive years.

Bolton also owns the Vanderbilt in Prospect Heights and Red Gravy in Brooklyn Heights.

The new eatery will have a bar for those who like to booze it up before interpreting works of art.

Foodies and art lovers alike said they cannot wait for the eatery to open.

“It’s a huge benefit,” said Cindy List of Crown Heights, a Saul fan who ate there on its last night. Because she’s a member of the Brooklyn Museum, List said that she will be frequenting the restaurant a lot more after it makes the move.

Bolton owns the Smith Street building where Saul was formerly housed. He’s not yet sure what he is going to do with it, said a spokeswoman for the restaurateur.

“We have loved our 14 years on Smith Street, but our space here was in need of a renovation,” the restaurant’s website reads.

The new eatery will be open for lunch and dinner Wednesdays through Sundays and for brunch on the weekends.

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at nmusumeci@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at twitter.com/souleddout.
Updated 10:13 pm, July 9, 2018
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Pedro from Bay Ridge says:
Lets not forget Saul owned Boerum Hill Food Company on Smith before selling it to Planet Wings, which has since closed up shop too. Maybe he will sell the space on Smith street to McDonalds, its all about the money after all.
July 18, 2013, 8:09 am
ty from pps says:
Pedro,
Chances are Mr. Bolton doesn't own the property. I think your issue is with the landlord (whatever your issue is).
July 18, 2013, 8:35 am
Pedro from Bay Ridge says:
My issue is he is yet another phony who talks about how much he loves the area and wants to keep it authentic and blah blah and then will sell out to some chain. He does own the building Saul's is in. Maybe the block needs another American Apparel or Brooklyn Industries...
July 18, 2013, 8:39 am
ty from pps says:
Sorry, Pedro. I missed that statement in the article.

However, did he also own the space that was inhabited by Planet Wings?
July 18, 2013, 9:30 am
Michael from Crown Heights says:
Pedro, you have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. Saul is a pioneer of the Brooklyn Food Movement. He's always been about what's good for food and what's good for Brooklyn. Keep your half-baked ideologies about late-model capitalism to yourself next time. They're not warranted here.
July 18, 2013, 9:59 am
Michael from Crown Heights says:
Pedro, you have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. Saul is a pioneer of the Brooklyn Food Movement. He's always been about what's good for food and what's good for Brooklyn. Keep your half-baked ideologies about late-model capitalism to yourself next time. They're not warranted here.
July 18, 2013, 9:59 am
Michael from Crown Heights says:
Pedro, you have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. Saul is a pioneer of the Brooklyn Food Movement. He's always been about what's good for food and what's good for Brooklyn. Keep your half-baked ideologies about late-model capitalism to yourself next time. They're not warranted here.
July 18, 2013, 9:59 am
Michael from Crown Heights says:
Pedro, you have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. Saul is a pioneer of the Brooklyn Food Movement. He's always been about what's good for food and what's good for Brooklyn. Keep your half-baked ideologies about late-model capitalism to yourself next time. They're not warranted here.
July 18, 2013, 9:59 am
Michael from Crown Heights says:
Woah, sorry about the multiple postings! I guess I was really worked up!

He did not own the property for Boerum Hill Food Co. so no, that does not apply here, Pedro. He has not sold 140 Smith Street, yet. So you can hold off with the rhetoric for now.
July 18, 2013, 10:02 am
Pedro from Bay Ridge says:
Having worked for Saul for 3 years I can tell you what he is about is what is good for him and the bottom line. Enjoy your even more corporatized Smith Street.
July 18, 2013, 10:20 am
Ed from BK says:
Can any of you READ???? He most certainly does own the building and is planning a new concept for it as we speak.

"This Sunday, popular, Michelin-starred restaurant Saul will close its Boerum Hill location at 140 Smith Street. The New York Times reports that the restaurant is moving to the Brooklyn Museum, “perhaps as the borough’s answer to the Modern.” Restaurant owner Saul Bolton owns the Smith Street building, and has not yet revealed the fate of the storefront once the restaurant is gone. Expect an opening at the Brooklyn Museum this fall."
July 18, 2013, 10:33 am
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
I'm sorry, but this article doesn't read well with me. There seems to be some confusion, and I'd rather move on to another article if you don't mind. Thank you for reading.
July 18, 2013, 10:52 am
Pat I. from 70's Brooklyn says:
Bad photo. Greasy hair and intense "you think 8 tours in Afghanistan is hard, try to fight your way through a stampede of hipster foodies during ramp season" stare are present, but where are the crossed arms with the prison tats?

—— you. Your a cook, ——s
July 20, 2013, 8:58 pm

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