At last week's Community Board 1 meeting in Brooklyn, a controversial wine bar over on Driggs garnered most of the press attention, but a look at the agenda reveals another interesting item on the docket. Roberta's—beloved Bushwick pizza joint, radio station host, runner of gardens, and Eater 38 member—came seeking a new license. A query to owner Chris Parachini reveals they aren't opening a new restaurant, just upgrading to a full liquor license from beer and wine. Cocktails, here we come.
But there is an expansion of sorts in the works. A Craigslist ad has this to say:
Roberta’s Restaurant in Brooklyn, with pizzas voted Best in New York in Village Voice, is expanding its bread program. We are looking for a capable baker with an imagination and a desire to grow. You’ll help build a new facility with a wood burning oven and bake a variety of naturally leavened breads – and help develop new offerings. Crazy hours – we’re going to do a lot of wholesale – but terrific people and terrific food.Hey, if Jim Lahey can do it, right? Parachini reports that they've been selling bread off site for awhile now, and they'll definitely be expanding their baking capabilities for their restaurant and for others. But, he cautions, "Let's see what happens with regard to a full service bakery. I'm sure you know already but we kinda fly by the seat of our pants over here." Indeed.
· Artisan Baker for Roberta's new Bakery (Bushwick) [Craigslist]