Summer may be winding down, but Brooklyn’s food scene is heating up for fall. Here’s the scoop on the latest restaurant openings, closings, and of course, a healthy heap of gossip.
• No Eggs Here: After a slight delay, the Boneshakers team has opened Champ’s, a vegan bakery and café, at the corner of Leonard and Ainslie streets in Williamsburg. Word is the bakery is serving up the only vegan croissants in the city. Question is: Is that a good thing or a bad thing? There are Frenchmen lining up to protest!
• Tacos! Is there any such thing as too many tacos? Certainly not — and good thing: Bouwerie and Co. is planning a pop-up taqueria for the evening of Aug. 23 at the East River Patio under the Williamsburg Bridge. Tickets are $8 at foodsexart.com. Better save room.
• Paris in Brooklyn: The former L’Epicerie space in Fort Greene will stay true to its French roots and reopen soon as a café called BaguetteAboudit. The pun may be awful, but a good spot for fresh breads, soups, and salads in the neighborhood sounds promising. Meanwhile, down the street the former Brown Betty will become a crêperie and cocktail bar called Mango.
• Brunch for All: There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but brunch is another story. According to the Daily News, Bay Ridge home decor store and cafe Hom is offering free brunch to unemployed customers who call ahead and request it.
• BYO: Crown Heights residents will have to make a tradeoff for their shiny new burger joint– now that Dutch Boy Burger is fully up and running, outside food is no longer allowed at the neighboring Franklin Park. On the other side of town, in the meantime, Greenpoint pizzeria Paulie Gee’s is now BYOB.
• Free Burgers: Summer is almost over, but the Bell House won’t let that get them down. The venue has a brand-new new outdoor patio and is celebrating with free burgers and hot dogs from 5 to 7 pm every Friday and Saturday through the end of August.
• Open in Williamsburg: Earlier this week, Le Comptoir opened on Grand Street in Williamsburg, serving up locally sourced American fare with French flare from La Goulue alumni Sebastien Chamaret. This week it’s lunch and brunch only, but dinner service is coming soon.
• Meals on Wheels: Brooklyn has a new mobile vendor, with a Southern twist. Jen ’n Outlaw’s Fish Fry Truck and Crawfish Boil, a food truck serving up Gulf-area classics like Crayfish and Fried Pickles will be parked around Bogart Street in Bushwick on Saturdays starting this weekend.