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Supermarket Closure Notice Could Leave Parts of Crown Heights in a Food Desert

Plus, Greenpoint’s new Mexican restaurant Xilonen is launching dinner service starting Monday

The exterior of the Nostrand Avenue Associated supermarket, which has a red roof
The Nostrand Avenue Associated supermarket
Via Google Maps

The upcoming closure of an Associated supermarket is prompting food desert fears

Crown Heights residents are worried about a food desert potentially forming in the western part of their neighborhood, the Brooklyn Paper reports. The Associated supermarket, at 975 Nostrand Avenue, near Montgomery Street, was recently given a 90-day notice to leave the building after lease negotiations reportedly fell through.

Even though a commercial eviction moratorium is currently in place through the end of this month — and will likely be extended like it has previously by Gov. Andrew Cuomo throughout the pandemic — local residents fear that this is the end of the road for the grocery store. While there are some other options in the area like a Western Beef supermarket further west on Empire Boulevard, local residents say they will have to trek significantly longer distances to shop for groceries.

Locals also fear that the expansive plot of land that the Associated market sits on will likely be replaced by a glitzy residential building — as has been the case in many parts of Brooklyn. While some of these new developments come with new supermarkets anchoring the building, they aren’t always as affordable as establishments like Associated. The Crown Heights property owner for the Associated site did not return Brooklyn Paper’s request for a comment.

In other news

— Williamsburg’s stylish all-day cafe and cocktail spot Bar Beau has launched a meal kit subscription service in partnership with Table22. Options include a breakfast box, a cocktail kit, and a produce box.

— A New Yorker’s TikTok videos documenting his reviews of sinks at some of the city’s best known restaurants and stores have gone viral.

— The team behind the Ainslie — a massive Williamsburg restaurant, wine bar, and beer garden — is looking to open a second location in Nolita, at 199 Bowery, between Spring and Rivington Streets, according to a restaurant spokesperson.

— Samuel Clonts, the chef at Lower East Side kaiseki spot Uchu is planning to open a new restaurant in the neighborhood in the former Speedy Romeo location on Clinton Street.

— Greenpoint’s newly opened Mexican restaurant Xilonen is starting dinner service come Monday, February 1. The restaurant’s new hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, and it will have day and night menus, according to a restaurant spokesperson.

— Midtown East upscale Japanese restaurant Mifune has launched a new online grocery store selling items like duck leg confit ($40) and Miyazaki Wagyu ribeye, A5 rank ($10 per ounce).

— In anticipation of Lunar New Year (February 12), local group Welcome to Chinatown has created a new 12-month calendar featuring photos shot by Mischelle Moy of 18 different Chinatown businesses. The calendars are given away free after a $20 purchase at any one of the 18 businesses.

— Chef Ignacio Mattos’ swanky Nolita restaurant Estela is launching a new takeout concept starting this Saturday. Up in Smoke will feature yakitori-style skewers like grilled chicken wings, head-on shrimp, and steak with potato chips. There will be limited outdoor seating, and the takeout service will run Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4 p.m. throughout February.

— ‘Tis that time of the year: