Mr. J. Looks at What’s Coming to Cranberry and Henry

Karl the intrepid explorer ventures to the far-flung realms of Gowanus and Park Slope to visit three establishments owned by the same man whose “Bevacco” will occupy the former Busy Chef space in what we hope is the not too distant future. Our man with cam brings back encouraging news. Video after the jump.

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  • lois

    Thanks for the look into the future of 80 Cranberry. Mr. Sclafani seems to have a lot of experience in the restaurant field, so I wish him good luck and a long stay at that corner.

  • AEB

    If previous efforts are any indication, Mr. Sclafani’s work appears to be just what the nabe needs.

    All fingers crossed!

  • DrewB

    If Nando Ghorchian still holds the keys on that property I’m not gonna hold my breath. Any new restaurant he is even remotely involved in (other than the one his wife owns, Tazza) seems to go under within a year. The MO usually goes like this:

    New restaurant opens does good business > After a few months the staff begins to change> After a few more months the “Owners” and/or “Manager” disappears and someone new is running the place> A few months later the menu changes, quality drops, traffic dies down> a few months later the restaurant closes.

    That is the business cycle we’ve seen in that location (and others Nando has a hand in) over and over. Not sure what the deal is there.

  • lori

    Does anyone remember the name of the Italian place on Clark & Hicks (after Stubs & Kevin’s Korner). The owner of that place was also an experienced restaurateur – he had imported a special pizza oven. But that corner is even more difficult than 80 Cranberry, where SuSu’s YumYum was successful for many years.

  • Jerk

    Nando is crazy!!!!

  • Hicks St Guy

    @lori, it was Palmira’s, something like that. right after he moved in, the bldg was hit by lightning, scaffolding made it difficult to even see there was a restaurant there. was a very convenient place, and a good bar.

  • Claude Scales

    Palmira’s is correct.

  • nabeguy

    Don’t know the back story on Nando, but if the keys are held by the building landlord, I wouldn’t hold my breath for anything succeeding in that spot, especially a food related one. Ever notice the leaks in the ceiling? It’s an ongoing condition that the landlord won’t address or repair adequately enough to allow for anything that has to do with comestibles. I can only imagine the scenario:

    “Waiter, what is this plaster doing in my soup?”
    “Looks like the Australian wall to me, sir”

  • Jerk

    Remember Balzar? What was the deal with that place?

  • Hicks St Guy

    I liked Balzars a lot, didn’t understand why they changed it to the dumb Busychef.

  • bklyn20

    But I think Nando also owns Caffe Buon Gusto on Montague, as well as the Caffe BG on the Upper East Side. They have been around for a long time, whatever their flaws may be.