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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.

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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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