Bubby’s bubble bursts (along with a pipe) in DUMBO, a fresh egg readies to hatch in Williamsburg, and the Grapes are always greener in Fort Greene. Ready, set, gossip!
Grape Expectations: There’s a new fruit growing on the vine of one of Fort Greene’s most bountiful food dynasties. Grub Street reports that Greene Grape Annex, a diminutive coffee bar offering beans from Blue Bottle and prepared foods from its sister store, Greene Grape Provisions, will open for business at 680 Fulton St. next month. If only it could stock a few bottles of wine from the mothership, Greene Grape — that would be real one-stop-shopping.
Gimme Shelter: Brooklyn just may score a kooky cocktail coup. According to Inside F&B, the team behind the Philippe Starck-designed Mama Shelter, a tres upscale business hotel and lounge in Paris, is looking to expand its reach stateside with a Bushwick branch. Merveilleux! We just hope the Brooklyn version will offer a faithful rendition of Mama Shelter’s Chic Chic bar — “A chichi, thoughtful bar, perfect for lovers of deep, melancholic conversations” — as per the website — and the Island bar, “for ladies and gentleman longing for a more fused world with the help of concoctions.”
Cocktails, continued: We recently reported on the upcoming Gowanus cocktail emporium, Whisky Tango Foxtrot, and it seems that Grub Street has obtained some additional intel. Evidently, owner Mark Messier has designed an involved app, which will allow his guests to order up their tipples on iPads. The scrollable menu will include a “Bartenders Choice,” where you pick your poison, input your mood, and let the mixologist do the rest. This could be the greatest thing ever — or the biggest cocktail flop since the Gin Fizz.
Incredible edible egg: Can’t get a table for brunch at Williamsburg’s uber-popular, southern-inflected comfort food staple, Egg? Eventually, you’ll be able to try your luck during dinner just a few blocks down. Eater reports that owner George Weld has begun work on a casual new restaurant on N. Third Street, one he hopes will “grow organically out of Egg,” place more of an emphasis on dinner service, and make better use of their farm. There is no official word yet on an opening (Weld is still seeking funding for the spot), so the lines shouldn’t begin forming for at least a few more weeks.
Gastro-giant: Sounds like most of Clinton Hill will fit into Putnam’s, an upcoming gastropub on 419 Myrtle Ave. Grub Street reports that the “turn of the century”-inspired joint will have an extensive list of draft beers, cask ales, and regional and international wines for up to 170 customers at a time — 100 indoors and 70 on an outside patio. The behemoth — which was originally slated to open in mid-July, also plans to offer lunch and dinner, and a “traditional brunch” on weekends.
Burst Bubb-le: The Brooklyn Heights Blog revealed that the city closed down Bubby’s, DUMBO’s popular child- and pie-friendly eatery. The resto racked up 56 health violation points in total, including evidence of live roaches, unwashed food contact surfaces, and a non-functioning sewage disposal system. When we placed a call, we were told that Bubby’s is “temporarily closed due to a burst pipe and water damage” and will reopen on today. We’re on it.