Within a week, on Court Street between 2nd and 3rd we should be seeing the opening of the Brooklyn Bread Cafe, which--based on my conversation with the contractor--is owned and operated by the folks at Royal Crown bakery. He said that besides coffee, etc, the cafe would be offering a FULL LINE of Royal Crown breads, brick oven, chocolate, chestnut. Jen Kalb: are you listening?
To harken back to the recent thread about the Death of Smith Street, I have always regarded my neighborhood (C. Gardens, C. Hill, B. Hill--I would say Bococa if I didn't know how enraged that term made certain chowhounds) as a great eating neighborhood not because of the restaurants (how many times a week can one eat out?) but because of the food *shopping*. I moved here largely because of Sahadi, Oriental, Heights Chateau, Staubitz, Paesano, Cook's Companion, New Green Pea (which has a new name?) Caputo's (grocery, not bakery) and Fish Tales. The restaurants have been gravy. To my mind the most significant thing to happen in the last few year hasn't even been a restaurant: it's been Tuller because finally there was a place for really good cheese. If this new place provides an outlet for really good bread, then I will feel that my prayers have been answered and all is right with my corner of the world.