For the two years we've in the neighborhood, the storefront at 664 Washington Avenue (just south of Bergen) has been marked "Pizza & Bagel Café" (what?) and has looked like a brand-new deli that never opened. Does anyone recall if the business ever operated?
Last week, the "Pizza & Bagel" sign came down, and on Monday, we spotted these gents covering the signboard with a new diamond-plate facade. When asked what was happening with the space, they replied it's becoming a "grocery" and had little else to say. The interior is clean and attractive, with ceramic tile surrounding beverage coolers and a deli case.
Hard to imagine the small space will be much competition to nearby Brooklyn Sub, but on the retail-stunted block between Bergen and St. Marks, we'll take whatever they're offering.