Kinfolk Studios Triples Size With Boutique 'General Store' and Live Music

By Meredith Hoffman on February 26, 2013 7:16am 

WILLIAMSBURG — After its seeds in Tokyo as a 15-seater lounge a few years ago, the design-and-dining hybrid Kinfolk Studios has proven it can not only survive in its Brooklyn locale — it can "outgrow" its chic Wythe Avenue space and triple in size.

Kinfolk, which currently has a cocktail bar, gourmet restaurant (named Aska) and bike design office, will be tacking on a boutique "general store," a live music space, and an additional bar in the 3500-square-foot building next door on 94 Wythe Avenue, the owners said.

"We'll have apparel, clothes from Japanese and American designers we respect...and the chef at Aska will be creating food and beverage aspects to the space as well," Kinfolk co-owner Richard Carney said of the building's front section.

And in the center and back sections, Carney said there would be a venue space for DJ and acoustic performances, plus a small bar.

"We already throw weekly DJ events but in the new space we'll have bigger events, and hopefully art shows," Carney said of the uses of 94 Wythe Ave., the former home of Causey Contemporary Gallery. 

And though the building right now "is a big open box," Carney said that when it opens to the public in six to eight months it would be abundant with plants, wood and natural light.

"Kinfolk has been becoming more culinary and the food has been taking center stage," Carney said of the current space now run by a Swedish chef. "We want to allow that to continue to happen...We thought we'd capitalize on this space as an opportunity to continue being creative with the neighborhood."

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