For those of you who are vegetarians, or who enjoy vegetarian food, Vegetarian Palate on Flatbush Avenue is moving to Washington Avenue, near Bergen, over the next four months, according to their menu and employees. Another sign of the escalating rents near the arena, perhaps? Either way, I'll still support them.
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Vegetarian Palate moving to Washington Ave.
I am trying to think of what exact storefront they might be moving into.....
I am sure we will learn soon.For better or worse, the change on Nostrand is going to make the change on Franklin look minor.
Bklyn Paper » (Vegetarian Palate) will end its 11-year stay on Flatbush Avenue to move to Washington Avenue in early summer as the landlord converts the old building into condos. “It has to do with the Barclays Center. Since it opened, it has affected our dining and business.”
Wong says his brisk takeout business suffered as arena-goers started parking on the block during events and parking enforcement officers increased their vigilance — with no real uptick in orders from stadium attendees.
So he chose to make the move four blocks east to a storefront near Dean Street that’s bigger and almost half as expensive.
But still no exact storefront.For better or worse, the change on Nostrand is going to make the change on Franklin look minor.
is Vegetarian Palate the same thing is Dao Palate?
Nope. ...but they are currently located near each other. And neither has steak.For better or worse, the change on Nostrand is going to make the change on Franklin look minor.
I have heard from a source believed to be reliable that it will be located at 603 WashingtonFor better or worse, the change on Nostrand is going to make the change on Franklin look minor.
That could work. That storefront's been vacant forever and recently got "for rent" signs. Not too many other options on Washington near Dean.
The former "Noah's Juices" - open for about five minutes last year - is really tiny. Too small for a restaurant. There's a storefront next to Atlantic Co, between Dean and Pacific.
Here's the retail space 'elephant in the room' on the north end of 'the Washington strip' though: the ground floor of 930 Washington, the huge yellow-brick new build that sits at the northwest corner of Washington and Dean.
The majority of the ground floor space appears to have been built as a partly-below-grade retail or restaurant space. Windows are tastefully shaded and there's never been a "for rent" sign. Looks like they store equipment down there - but would be a class-A store someday when the market is right (hopefully soon!).
Anyone know the story on that space?
My sources are usually good.
Re: the building on the NW corner of Dean and Washington. It has two addresses, 630 Washington and 35 Underhill.
Prior to being given permission by DOB to open, the building was the site of a long, drawn out battle between DOB and the developer Scarano. The crux of the matter was that DOB believed the building's FAR (defined below)was too large as per the zoning and the lot's size, and Scarano disagreed.
This resulted in Scarano pulling this stunt:
(make sure to read the comments)
Which resulted in the DOB becoming furious.
This all happended in 2006, it would not surprise me if the DOB was able to have the first floor of the building effectively removed from commercial use.
Do. Not. Mess. With. DOB.
Floor Area Ratio (FAR)*
The floor area ratio is the principal bulk regulation controlling the size of buildings. FAR is the ratio of total building floor area to the area of its zoning lot. Each zoning district has an FAR which, when multiplied by the lot area of the zoning lot, produces the maximum amount of floor area allowable on that zoning lot. For example, on a 10,000 square foot zoning lot in a district with a maximum FAR of 1.0, the floor area on the zoning lot cannot exceed 10,000 square feet.For better or worse, the change on Nostrand is going to make the change on Franklin look minor.
Whoa, crazy Brownstoner post and comments. I remember when Scarano lost his self-certification during the mid-2000's building boom. Didn't realize 630 Washington was caught up in all that drama. It's actually one of the more attractive, solid-looking new builds in the neighborhood.
If your speculation is correct, that's a damn shame for a retail strip that's short on large, modern storefronts. Perhaps DOB would eventually relent, given that the architect, developer and likely the sponsor are probably out of the picture now? Or is the sponsor stuck with an unsellable ground floor unit, and thus the other owners are damned to an eternity of his nonsense?
If your speculation is correct, that's a damn shame for a retail strip that's short on large, modern storefronts.
Washington is moving along at a nice, steady clip....For better or worse, the change on Nostrand is going to make the change on Franklin look minor.
Crazy idea: the city should upzone so mid-rise buildings without parking can be built near subway stations without a need for for stupid bullshit like that, and only regulate things that affect other people like height/bulk/curb cuts for parking rather than Floor Area Ratio.
Then apartment supply might come somewhere near demand, and prices might look like what they are in Chicago, which is to say, attractive 2 bedroom condos/apartments for under $300,000, rather than bidding wars between ridiculous rich people who say "$150,000 just isn't middle class anymore in New York City, and "affordable housing" for people making $100k plus.
(make sure to read the comments)
Ah, back when the Brownstoner comment section was like the wild west.
Anyone else remember the NY Mag article about Scarano? The mezzanines and the secret bathrooms?
Are the residential units in 630 Washington occupied?
I kinda miss the days of Brownstoner's wild West
Yes, to my knowlege all the apts in 630 Washington finally got their C of O.
I don't know if sme of them are still held by the sponsor, but this one seems like it would be nice regardless:
Soon, there will be vegetarian food nearbyFor better or worse, the change on Nostrand is going to make the change on Franklin look minor.
Wow, that rented for $3,700/mo! I'm not sure whether to be impressed or scared. If you neeeeeeeeeed new construction in this neighborhood, that unit at least looks decent (though, yes, looks can be deceiving.)
Perhaps scarier: Not only may that unit may have rented for the full asking price, $3795. .....the listing went off the market 18 months ago, when rents were often lower then they are now.For better or worse, the change on Nostrand is going to make the change on Franklin look minor.