Renaissance Bistro on Coney Island should g-d willing be opening this week (the third week of August 2004) (if it already hasn't) according to Shaul Ashkenazi, the owner of both Cafe Renaissance on Kings Highway, and his new venture on Coney Island.
He has also related to me why is has taken so long to open- mostly because he needed to obtain permits from the city to have dining on the second floor.
Shaul said that the ground floor will be open all day serving standard fare; i.e. steak, hamburgers, fries, etc. But beginning during evening hours, the second floor will be open for fine French bistro-style dining, somewhat akin to what patrons would expect from La Marais, Talia's Steakhouse, Prime Grill, Park East Grill, and the like.
I think it should prove interesting, and I'm hoping for the best, after all us Brooklynites DESERVE finer-dining, as the "Fleishig" variety has been limited to Israeli-style, or Chinese (with the recent exception of Glatt-a'la-Carte in BP).
If this trend keeps up, we can look foward to less driving and more dining in Brooklyn (coming from someone who frequents Manhattan, Cedarhust/Lawrence, Great Neck, Kew Gardens, and New Jersey in search of good kosher gourmet food.)