Owner Nick Abuwali and assistant chef Ameer Obeid.
After 20 years working for others, Nick Abulawi decided it was time to set off on his own. So he opened Sooo Delicious Food Court at 1801 Bath Avenue, serving a wide range of American and ethnic foods that he says reflect the neighborhood around it.
“The opportunity was available and the area has a wonderful mixed population that could use some variety of food, so we’re serving everything from Italian to Mediterrenean to different ethnic foods,” said Abulawi, as he pushed a third plate of samples across the table
The food court’s range is huge, with a couple of dozen hot items in addition to a fully stocked sandwich, panini and salad station, soup line, frozen yogurt dispensers and sumptuous looking chickens slowly turning on spits.
See more photos, and learn about the food and the restaurant’s goals.
We’re not quite sure when Brooklyn Best Bikes closed its doors at 8717 18th Avenue, but it appears to have been relatively recently.
The motorcycle shop (also known as Brooklyn’s Baddest Bikes) had some nice reviews from Google users, but the store is now giving way to ALM Fireplaces & B-B-Qs. Renovation plans were filed with the Department of Buildings earlier this month, and on Friday they were approved to begin work overhauling the inside.
ALM is hardly a newcomer to the neighborhood. The company owns two storefronts just across the street – one for ALM Plumbing & Heating Supplies, and the other for ALM Fireplaces & Accessories. It looks like this will be a new showroom for their barbecue items.
Good luck to the owners of Brooklyn Best Bikes on their future ventures, and to ALM with the expansion!
Pizzeria Di Mola at 176 Avenue O
Pizzeria Di Mola is getting ready for its grand opening at 176 Avenue O, where it will replace F & F Pizza.
The storefront, at the corner of West 4th Street, is sporting a new awning and name, and the inside is being worked on. A phone call to the location today was answered by a construction worker who could not say when they expected it to open.
We’re not sure exactly when F & F closed its doors, but it appears to have been either late last year or earlier this year.
We’re looking forward to meeting the new owners – and getting a taste of the newest slice in town. Will we need to add it to our list of best Bensonhurst pizzerias? We’ll just have to wait and see.
A new eatery called Sooo Delicious Food Court is now serving customers at 1801 Bath Avenue.
Set up as one-stop shop similar to a Manhattan deli, with various counters for pizza, sandwiches, coffee and baked goods, in addition to a selection of standard bodega fare, the store opened doors this week. The owner, Nick Abulawi, was previously the manager of Bay Ridge’s Gino’s Restaurant, on 5th Avenue.
The location was previously occupied by Casa Calamari, which closed in 2012.
Walking past 86th Street and Bay 34th Street last week, I realized that the relative long-lived Jenny’s Flowers had closed down, and construction was underway at the 2332 86th Street storefront.
From the looks of it, they’re totally renovating the space, inside and out. Sure enough, a little search on the Department of Buildings website revealed that, indeed, they are. And the changes in the new layout are intended to make it more amendable to an “eating and drinking establishment.”
We’re looking forward to seeing what new restaurant is on its way. What kind of food would you guys like to see here?
The long-lived 86th Street video game store Circle Two Inc. closed down this month, and workers were on-site emptying the storefront out last Tuesday.
At 2364 86th Street, the business had served the community for at least 15 years or so that we can recall, weathering massive changes in the industry, including the launch of online retailing. It’s not clear why it has closed now, and the phone number for the storefront has been disconnected.
So long, Circle Two, and best of luck to its owners on their future ventures.
It’s several months later than expected, but at least part of the new 7-Eleven coming to Cropsey Avenue and 20th Avenue is now open.
Our Elle Spektor filled us in that the gas station portion of the operation is now open to customers. Work at the site stopped or slowed for several months, but Spektor reports to Bean that workers were inside the store yesterday and construction is moving forward.
We first announced plans to bring the franchise convenience store to the area way back in July 2013, where it replaces a Shell gas station.
In late September, we revisited the site and noted the soon-to-open A-Plus/Sunoco on 19th Avenue and Cropsey Avenue. Those working on construction at the 7-Eleven told us at the time that it would be open within a week.
The 7-Eleven site in September, when workers told the Bean that they would be open in one week.
Gourmet M & U Pizza has opened up at 7502 18th Avenue, replacing a previous pie tosser, Vittorio Pizzeria.
The news comes in via WhereYouEat.com, which writes that the “menu highlights Tin crust Pizza, Hero Sandwiches, Specialties, Salads and Soups such as Cheese Steak, Pepper and Onions Sandwiches, Calzon, Spinach Roll, House Salad, regular Pizza” and more.
Looking at the menu, we also see some of those Italian staples like, uh, “taco pizza.”
Has anyone been there yet? Has there been a change in the food?
A Planet Fitness location will soon come to Bensonhurst in the latest expansion of the New York-based franchise.
The news was first announced by The New York Post, stating that the location will be 2007 86th Street, with 14,000-square-feet on the first floor and a 4,000-square-foot mezzanine.
Planet Fitness signed a 15-year lease. It replaces a Rite Aid at that location.
[via The Real Deal]
A few months ago, Hottest 86, an all-you-can-eat sushi and shabu shabu (hot pot) restaurant closed its doors for renovation.
The location is now back up and running, and appears to have re-branded as 86 SuperStar at 2172 86th Street. It’s unclear if it’s new owners, but it doesn’t sound like it.
A post on WhereYouEat.com tipped us off to the reopening.
If you’re unfamiliar with shabu shabu, diners are given a pot a boiling water or broth and a spread of thinly cut meats and vegetables. The foods are put in the water, where they cook rapidly, and are then dipped in sauces before being crammed into the face hole. The broth is then had as a soup at the end of the meal.
It’s pretty damned tasty, and I might hit up Hottest – er, SuperStar for dinner tonight. Anyone ever been?