Berg'n, the massive Crown Heights food complex from the creators of Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea, is about a month away from opening. Today, the Robs report that the space will have a cafe with Parlor coffee, as well as a 40-foot antique bar with fancy craft beers on tap. To eat, Berg'n will have stations from Pizza Moto, Ramen Burger, Mighty Quinn's Barbecue, and Asia Dog. Ramen Burger proprietor Keizo Shimamoto plans to introduce a new "bonkotsu" ramen made with beef chashu, plus "ramen fries, ramen salad, and ramen churros." Berg'n will have a 74-seat courtyard where people can enjoy the coffee, beer, and food.
Berg'n mastermind Eric Demby tells The Robs: "People make fun of us for overcomplicating the food scene...Not to sound anti-Brooklyn, but we don't want to be precious." If everything goes according to plan, Berg'n will open at the end of May.
But this isn't the only major artisan food complex opening in Crown Heights.
A few doors down at 925 Bergen St., two entrepreneurs are turning an old subterranean beer-making facility into an artisan cheese cave. A decade ago, Benton Brown and Susan Boyle bought the old Nassau Brewery building and converted the space into retail and residential units, and now they're turning an underground area into a cave where they will age cheese from local dairies. The new company is called Crown Finish Caves, and it will receive its first shipment of "green cheese" next month.
· A Tasty Blueprint for Bergen Street [GS]
· Brooklyn Couple Is Using Old Brewery Tunnel to Age Cheese [WSJ]
· All Coverage of Berg'n [~ENY~]