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Will Van Brunt Street be Home to a New Restaurant Row?

<strong>Delightful Coffee Shop</strong> A <em>TONY</em> <a href="http://www.timeout.com/newyork/articles/restaurants-bars/54671/hok-it-up">article</a> in September identified <a href="http://gothamist.com/2008/09/15/what_you_need_to_know_about_stumpto.php">219 Van Brunt Street</a> to be the location of a <strong>Stumptown Coffee</strong> “shop and café.” Last month, a <em>Brooklyn Paper</em> <a href="http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/32/2/32_2_gk_stumptown.html">article</a> mentioned that coming to Red Hook is “a <strong>Frankie’s</strong> cafe, serving a similar menu to the popular Court Street eatery.” The Frankies/Stumptown Café, called <a href="http://nymag.com/news/features/all-new/53343/">Delightful Coffee Shop</a>, is angling for a spring opening at 219 Van Brunt Street: Papers were filed last month to change the building’s certificate of occupancy to an eating establishment, and a tipster reports the gas was hooked up yesterday.


<strong>Unnamed Italian Restaurant</strong> This one’s in the old <a href="http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/360/">360 space</a>. First reported last July by Lost City, the long-vacant storefront showed new signs of foot traffic, and <a href="http://lostnewyorkcity.blogspot.com/2008/07/360-van-brunt-to-get-new-tenant.html">confusing semaphores</a> in the front window. In recent days there’s been more activity: The Safety Orange framed metal shutters have been up and down, so either we’ve got a haunted restaurant on our hands, or <strong>Barrone Ristorante LLC</strong>, the folks that applied for a <a href="http://nyc.everyblock.com/liquor-licenses/by-date/2008/10/3/1673968/">liquor license</a> in the space last fall, are moving ahead with the reopening.


<p>This photograph shows some major first floor construction happening at 365 Van Brunt Street. Permits are in place to <a href="http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/JobsQueryByLocationServlet?requestid=1&amp;allbin=3008720&amp;allstrt=VAN+BRUNT+STREET&amp;allnumbhous=365">convert the space</a> to an eating establishment; an entity called <strong>Radio Free Red Hook</strong> applied for an on-premise liquor license last December. </p>



<strong>Grindhaus </strong>The sausage and suds HQ is scheduled to open next month at 275 Van Brunt. Per <a href="http://gothamist.com/2009/01/16/sausage-fest_coming_to_red_hook.php">earlier reports</a>, the menu "will consist of five or six sausage varieties made on the premises, plus classics from around the world and newfangled concoctions that Norris will rotate into the daily offerings.” Add beer, and <a href="http://gothamist.com/2009/01/16/sausage-fest_coming_to_red_hook.php#comment-1566449">the support of the key lime pie guy</a> to that, and you’re in business.


<p>A <a href="http://www.anselmosbakery.com/">coal oven pizza parlor</a> is coming to 351 Van Brunt Street. The latest from Anselmo Garcia of <strong>Anselmo’s</strong> is the following: “As of Feb. 6,2009 we are ready to open. Waiting on inspectors now. We are close for the test oven day. We are getting a lot of attention from the media about our coal brick oven pizza.” A look through the window confirms that tables are in place, the floor is stained and sealed, and a giant oven looms at the back of the room. Test oven pizza day, still apparently in need of test pizza eaters, should happen within a few weeks. </p>