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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 future site of 7-Eleven

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, 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 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?

The future site of 7-Eleven

The future site of 7-Eleven

Two gas station/food mart combos are opening one week apart, one block apart, in Bath Beach.

The first, a 7-Eleven/Shell Gas Station, at 20th Avenue and Cropsey Avenue is scheduled to open in one week.

The second, an A-Plus/Sunoco, standing at 19th Avenue and Cropsey Avenue, is opening its doors the first week of October.

Both stores will be open 24/7.

Altaf M., the manager of the A-Plus, said that he’s excited to be back in business in Bath Beach. After 13 years managing the former shop at the same address, he said that he missed the “nice customers” of the neighborhood.

He said that the A-Plus will offer fresh coffee, hot dogs and nachos, and icy drinks, adding that the store will have promotions for Bensonhurst locals during it’s grand opening.

The 7-Eleven project manager was unavailable for comment, but his team told us that they were excited to bring the franchise to the Bath Beach community.

When did a little friendly competition ever hurt anybody? Welcome to the neighborhood, fellas.

The future site of A Plus

The future site of A Plus


20th Avenue and Cropsey Avenue (Source: Google Maps)

20th Ave and Cropsey Ave (Source: Google Maps)

A 7-Eleven franchise will soon arrive in the heart of Bath Beach, Bensonhurst Bean has learned.

The empty husk of a former Shell gas station and food mart on 20th Avenue and Cropsey Avenue is undergoing an overhaul, eventually to relaunch as a 7-Eleven. It would be the first location of the national franchise in Bath Beach, with the next nearest at 2515 86th Street.

7-Eleven Project Manager Carmelo Saia declined to give an estimated opening date, but we’ll be sure to report it when we find out.

Welcome to the neighborhood, 7-Eleven!

Photo by Susan Armitage

Maple Lanes, at 1570 60th Street, will close for good after the final pins hit the floor Sunday night, as the 49-year-old business is slated to give way to a religious and residential complex.

The closing, first reported by Brooklyn Spectator, was long expected since the LaSpina family, which owns the business, sold to a developer who will build 112 residential units atop a house of worship.

The news has been taken as a blow to the community since it was first announced in September 2012. It was just a matter of weeks before a Save Maple Lanes petition began circulating, albeit unsuccessfully.

While the developer sought approval from the city to build residential units in an area zoned for manufacturing, community opinion remained split.

Meanwhile, Borough President Marty Markowitz sought to alleviate the added pressure on parking that the closure would cause on nearby Shell Lanes (1 Bouck Court), by asking the Department of Transportation to create angled parking in the area. The request was denied.

Spectator notes the locations of the handful of bowling alleys that remain in the borough:

Once Maple Lanes is gone, there will only be five bowling alleys left in Brooklyn: Brooklyn Bowl and The Gutter in Williamsburg, Melody Lanes in Sunset Park, Shell Lanes in Gravesend, and Strike 10 Lanes (fka Gil Hodges Lanes) in Mill Basin.

Tong Xiu Hot Pot has opened at 7116 18th Avenue, replacing Tenzan, a Japanese and sushi joint.

For those who’ve never tried hot pot, I recommend giving it a shot. I recently schlepped out to Flushing with some more experienced Asian adventurers to try it for the first time. They bring over a giant bowl of boiling, seasoned water with a variety of herbs and veggies simmering in it. It’s placed on a heater and continues to boil at the table, while you take meats and veggies of your choice and cook them in the water. You can pull them out and eat them separately, or slurp the whole darn thing down as a hearty soup. It’s a fun and tasty way to waste a few hours with friends or family around a dinner table.

Welcome to the neighborhood, Tong Xiu!

Bensonhurst Bean reporter Elle Spektor stumbled on this new business, Q Cafe, slated to open soon at 2024 86th Street.

The corner was previously occupied by Emmzie Contemporary Fashions, a clothing and accessories outpost.

Do you know of any new businesses opening in the neighborhood? E-mail tips and photos to nberke [at] bensonhurstbean [dot] com.

Eagle Cheese, Source: Michele R. via

The mozzarella kings at Eagle Cheese are closing their doors forever, inspiring loyal patrons to cry tears of sadness, according to a report by the New York Daily News.

Eagle Cheese (320 Avenue U) is closing its doors due to the retirement of store proprietor Carmela Casamento. Casamento, 71, has run Eagle since 1979 and is stepping down due to health reasons. Suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for the past five years, Casamento can no longer handle the stress of running the business and doesn’t want anyone else taking it over.

“I don’t [want] nobody to ruin my name,” Casamento told the Daily News.

Eagle Cheese offered first-rate Italian ingredients, cheeses, meats and pasta and Casamento’s retirement has left her loyal patrons in dismay and sadness.

“How are we going to live without her?” said Toni Gissi, 62, from Bensonhurst, fighting off her urge to cry. “I only eat this mozzarell. I am going to go crazy.”

The end of Eagle Cheese also signals the evolving landscape of Bensonhurst from being a neighborhood dominated by Italians into one where Asian families have found a new home.

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