Vineapple to Return in Spring

According to the sign, “Vineapple will be returning this spring” at its location on Pineapple Street between Henry and Hicks. It will feature “a fresh new concept” and serve “breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner.” (Kudos for the Oxford comma.) It will have “a currated [sic] menu of wine, beer, and cocktails.”

Those seeking “employment opportunities” or offering “general suggestions” are invited to email

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  • Andrew Porter

    I posted about this yesterday in the Open Thread. The return of this much-loved spot, now with added culinary choices, is welcome news.

    I’ve noticed how crowded Joe Coffee often is—I suspect they’re getting a lot of passing tourist trade. So there’s room for another local venue.

    If we can recall, there was a lot of controversy when Vineapple was first proposed. The fear was that it would become a raucous gathering place for students housed in the St. George dorms, which didn’t happen. Another fear was intrusive noise from an outdoor seating area—which was never a feature of the previous incarnation.

    How ironic that 80 years after it was a full service restaurant, it will return to being one, as shown by this 1940 photo courtesy the Municipal Archives:

  • Arch Stanton

    “80 Years”! did you forget about the Mexican restaurant that closed only a few years before Vineapple?

  • Jorale-man

    It sounds as if it Joe’s won’t be seeing any competition from this reopening. If the owners are touting a “curated” menu, that probably means its days as a coffee shop are over. We’ll see.

  • AEB

    In short, we don’t know what the [expletive] we’re going to do–any suggestions?

  • Arch Stanton

    Vineapple must be a vanity or hobby business. How else can it stay closed for so long, presumably paying the rent, and reopen whenever, doing whatever?

  • Steve

    Or a front for something else…………

  • Arch Stanton

    Funny, I thought that of the Mexican restaurant that’d been there for the 20 years or so before Vineapple. The food was mediocre at best hence there was almost never anyone in the place. I figured they must have been laundering money.

  • Bornhere

    Hmm. I’m about up to here with “curated” anything, and if it’s “currated,” I’ll just find something to eat/drink elsewhere.
    And am I the only old-timer who misses Ricky’s, which had the best pizza this side of the great pizza place on Clark (between Henry and Monroe Place)?

  • Jane Van Ingen

    Speaking of fronts, my partner ate at Fortune House, the Chinese restaurant on Henry St. that’s been there forever but I never see anyone in there. She said the food was pretty good.

  • Andrew Porter

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve eaten there or had take-out and gotten sick. Most recently, they managed to screw up steamed vegetables and beef.

    But I never learn, apparently. Hmmm….

  • Andrew Porter

    The owner had a baby, and there were more pressing needs to attend to.

  • Andrew Porter

    If you look at the sign in the photo (click to enlarge), you see what it was then. The Mexican menu was very specialized.

  • Edo Express

    Can someone explain what a curated menu means?

  • Arch Stanton

    Thank you for confirming my theory.

  • Arch Stanton

    The menu wasn’t “Specialized” it was frozen entrees from Sysco, microwaved to order. I’ll never forget my enchilada that was stone cold inside, and the waters curt indifference…

  • Arch Stanton

    It’s just a hipster buzz-word that means they’re going to charge more.

  • South Brooklyn Boys

    I saw you on the street the other day. You have aged.

  • Arch Stanton

    Oh so that was you, lol, look who’s talking.

  • AEB

    This on Nextdoor, the local site that provides neighborhood contacts:

    “Hi neighbors! Thought I’d share- ran into the new owner, who said Vineapple will be re-opening in a few weeks!!! More food options… missed this place….”

    The point: NEW owner.

  • Arch Stanton

    Hopefully they’ll be more earnest in running the place.

  • KXrVrii1

    And have a small menu and portions…

  • Teresa

    I get take out there every once in a while, and it’s always been decent.