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Plywood Carroll Gardens Edition: Going Al Fresco?

Guest blogger month at Curbed continues this week. Currently occupying the dance floor: Brooks of Sheffield aka Lost City. He's going to be filing on Carroll Gardens and vicinity this week and we do hope you enjoy his old school musings.


How French do the owners of the in-development French bistro at the corner of Brooklyn's Court and Degraw streets want their restaurant to be? Sidewalk-dining French, that's how. A notice posted outside the building alerts the public that the owners wish to operate an enclosed sidewalk cafe. Their petition will be heard by the city on August 22—tomorrow—in a public hearing at 66 John Street.

The site, a former OTB that nobody (save the invererate gamblers) was sorry to see go, has been a hive of activity for some time. It's pretty well boarded up right now, but when you could peer in, some red-brick archways were visible. Word is the restaurant will be run by the same guys who own P.J. Hanley's, the venerable, century-old tavern further down Court, so the development is a neighborhood affair.

Sidewalk diners would be a novelty for the area. Though nearby Sal's pizzeria has had a few tables on the street for a while, and the Tea Lounge carts out a few chairs in good weather, taking your lunch out in the open has never really been a Carroll Gardens/Court Street thing. If you want to take the air and see the passing parade, you just grab a folding chair, plop in on the sidewalk and plant your ass down.

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