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Ditmas Park Bistro Has a Name and No Official Permit Yet

Pomme de Terre
Pomme de Terre, the just-named bistro on Newkirk Avenue announced here and written up recently in the Times, is just a couple of weeks from opening in Ditmas Park. The name is even on the door! This is the first middlebrow eatery to penetrate what was previously the no-restaurant’s-land of Newkirk Avenue, home only to Pakistani bodegas, laundromats, and (at times) even a few stray bullets. “We are ready,” co-owner Gary Jonas tells us. “We could set the tables and start cooking tonight, but we just need to get signed off by the Buildings Department.” Customers at Jonas’s other area restaurant, the Farm on Adderley, are all wondering when Pomme de Terre will open. “It’ll be packed on the first night,” Jonas predicts. Of course it will. Where else are Ditmas Park residents going to eat? Pomme de Terre, 1301 Newkirk Ave., nr. Argyle Rd., Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. No phone yet. Related: Farm on Adderley Owners Launching Tiny Ditmas Bistro

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Farm on Adderley Owners Launching Tiny Ditmas Bistro

Ditmas Park is taking another step toward being the next big Brooklyn neighborhood with an addition to its scant restaurant scene. There now is the Farm on Adderley, Picket Fence, and a guy that cooks ribs on the street outside of left-wing cafe Vox Pop. But help is on the way, reports the Ditmas Park Blog. Gary Jonas and Allison McDowell, the owners of the Farm on Adderley, are planning on opening a small bistro on Newkirk Avenue, currently best known for its laundromats and ill-stocked Indian groceries. The two will be operating partners with Pacifico and Patois owner Jimmy Mamary. We asked McDowell about it, and she explained the plan: “It’s going to be tiny. We’re not doing a big, family-friendly neighborhood restaurant there. It’ll be more grown-up, European, but there won’t be a liquor license, just beer and wine. We’d like Tom Kearney, our chef at Adderley, to do the menu, but that’s still up in the air.” So, apparently, is the name: We’re suggesting the Barn, but only because Lentils & More is worse. Newkirk Bistro Aims for Xmas Opening [Ditmas Park Blog] Related: Best French Fries: The Farm on Adderley [NYM]

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