Taku, a bright spot of ramen joy on Smith Street, has closed. The place will reportedly reopen later this month, under the same ownership, as an Italian restaurant–“like we need more Italian in the neighborhood,” grumbles Pupster. Meanwhile, the owners are said to be preparing to open Taku, or something like it, in Manhattan. Be prepared for excellent ramen, grilled items, and other Japanese fare.

In Carroll Gardens, the homey Moroccan spot Marrackech has cashed it in after less than a year. Its tiny space will become the new home of Petite Crevette, a well-regarded casual seafood joint that lost its lease in Brooklyn Heights last year. A sister restaurant, Bouillabaisse 126, is just around the corner. “Great news for the neighborhood,” says Larry Brooks.

In Queens, Mexican favorite El Jarro in Sunnyside has been rechristened De Mole after a change of ownership. Menu and kitchen crew appear unchanged–a relief to fans of its ceviche, tamales, roasted-tomato salsa, tinga de Puebla (brisket stew), and irresistible tres leches cake.

In Long Island City, Film Chefs, a lunchtime gem for tasty sandwiches and Southern chow, has shut down its cafe and returned to its roots as a catering outfit.

And up in Middletown, CT, a fire has destroyed O’Rourke Diner, a 60-year-old landmark beloved for soulful soups, sandwiches, and famous steamed cheeseburgers, among other things. The place wasn’t insured, and the owner isn’t sure what he’ll do. Look for updates at the new fan website.

Taku [Cobble Hill]
116 Smith St., between Pacific and Dean, Brooklyn

Petite Crevette [Carroll Gardens]
formerly Marrackech
to open at… 144 Hicks St., between Union and President, Brooklyn

Bouillabaisse 126 [Carroll Gardens]
126 Union St., near Columbia, Brooklyn

De Mole [Sunnyside]
formerly El Jarro
45-02 48th Ave., at 45th St., Sunnyside, Queens

Film Chefs [Long Island City]

O’Rourke Diner [Middlesex County]
728 Main St., near Kings Ave., Middletown, CT

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