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Just when you thought Palmira’s in Brooklyn Heights couldn’t get any grander, owners Roger and Victoria Desmond have surprised customers with a new lounge area in the front of their already spacious establishment.

"We noticed that sometimes people just want to hang out and drink, not sit at a table and eat, so this is the appropriate space," said their daughter manager Laura Desmond.

One wraparound, red leather banquette adorns one wall, while several red leather booths decorate two others. A windowed wall, lit by sets of candles overlooks Clark Street.

The new lounge is home to live jazz, which Palmira’s features every Friday and Saturday at 8:30 pm and during Sunday brunch. Recent performers included Sheila Cooper and the Roz Corral Trio (pictured). On Oct. 2 and Oct. 8-9, the Keisha St. Joan Quartet will perform, while Cooper will continue her Sunday brunch performances.

"We’re looking to expand, to be more than just a restaurant," said Roger Desmond.

DJ Ryan Brown who spins a variety of music - from Tony Bennett to Janet Jackson - recently moved his booth from the dining room to the lounge to entertain Palmira’s guests throughout the evening.

Although there is no cover or drink minimum at Palmira’s, customers are free to choose from one of their many menus. The newest addition is a lounge menu, also known as "Small Plates of Savory," which includes items such as spinach pie, a Mediterranean plate with hummus and tabbouleh, and the Palmira’s Burger.

Palmira’s is located at 41 Clark St. at the corner of Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights. Happy Hour is from 4 pm to 7 pm daily and includes free food and half-price drinks. Palmira’s accepts American Express, MasterCard and Visa. For further information, call (718) 237-4100.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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