Brooklyn Food & Drink Round-Up


Lucali Closed Due to Fire
575 Henry Street, Carroll Gardens; (718) 858-4086
Looks like Lucali is going to be closed for the next week or two due to a fire. Slice reports, "the fire started in the flue from the oven to the roof... [Owner Mark] Iacono says it may take as little as 3 to 4 days to install a new flue, but he'll probably keep the pizzeria closed for one to two weeks to ... drum roll, please ... set up the long-awaited garden space. Every cloud has a silver lining, no?"

Is Smith Street's Future Bleak?
India Ennis, owned of the recently closed Panino'teca, shared her thoughts on the future of restaurant-saturated Smith Street with Grub Street: “Business brings business, and that’s good for the neighborhood. Then we hit a wall and there were way, way too many restaurants... It’s going to cycle again. They’re going to open up and a lot of those places are going to be closed in the next year." Grub Street also says that "Ennis tentatively refers to the next incarnation [of the old Panino'teca space] as a sports bar, but only because the new operators said 'they were going to put in a bunch more fryers and a bunch of TVs.’”

Quick Bites
Di Fara is cutting hours and raising prices, says Grub Street... A super cheap produce spot just opened in "a small building on Kent Ave just south of Myrtle," says Clinton Hill Blog... This may be the last summer for NYC ICY on Church Avenue -- "a washed-out June and a freezer failure that cost them thousands," says Ditmas Park Blog... And Eat It: The Brooklyn Food Blog hits Williamsburg raw foods newcomer Rockin' Raw.

After the jump: Kitchen takeovers in Brooklyn and more praise for Oaxaca on Smith Street...

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