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Whim, the little seafood place on DeGraw Street in Carroll Gardens, has closed, but put away your handkerchiefs.

Chef-owner Marc Elliot has taken down his wall-mounted shark, and wheeled his raw bar around the corner to Court Street, where his new restaurant, Blue Star, opened in the former Latin Grill space on Feb. 8. The new restaurant is named in honor of the Grateful Dead song "Stella Blue."

"The song is about Jerry Garcia cleaning up his act and focusing on his music," says Elliot, a self-proclaimed "Dead Head."

"That’s what I’m doing with Blue Star. I’m expanding on what Whim did well - the raw bar and great seafood - and giving the customers a lot more."

That includes a huge steamer behind the bar for "The Mermaid Parade," a tower of raw oysters and steamed crab legs, clams and shrimp with a variety of dipping sauces. The list of meat dishes has a southwestern theme: pulled pork sandwiches, Angus prime rib steak and roast pork carnitas (shredded pork burritos). Every Wednesday, starting Feb. 25, says Elliot, he’s hiring "one of those guys with a Karaoke machine" for evenings of square dancing.

Blue Star (254 Court St. between Kane and DeGraw streets) accepts cash only until April 1. Entrees: $12-$19. The restaurant serves dinner seven days a week. Lunch is served, noon to 3 pm, Wednesdays through Fridays. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 am to 3 pm. For reservations, call (718) 858-0309 or (718) 858-5806.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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