Dinosaur BBQ, Brainy Academy Pre-K Now Open for Business

By Leslie Albrecht on June 20, 2013 7:51am 

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 The latest store and restaurant openings and closings in Park Slope, Gowanus and Windsor Terrace.
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BROOKLYN — Lovers of fire-cooked meats rejoiced Wednesday when Dinosaur Bar-B-Que opened its first Brooklyn outpost.

The Syracuse-based mini chain, which also has a restaurant in Harlem, will now be serving its famed ribs, chicken wings and brisket sandwiches in Gowanus at 604 Union St. near Fourth Avenue.

The menu also includes a "Brooklyn specific" Breakfast All Day dish of smoked brisket and poblano hash topped with a sunny side up egg, considered a "nod to the nabe's brunching culture," Gothamist reported.

The super-sized restaurant, which has 238 seats, won points with locals by preserving a mural dedicated to a young man who was shot to death on the block in 1995.

Other recent comings and goings on the Park Slope and Gowanus retail and restaurant scene include:

Brainy Academy, which offers Montessori, pre-K, summer enrichment, and other programs for children from 2 to 12, opened at 792 Union St. near Seventh Avenue, Park Slope Stoop reported.

Mezini, a restaurant serving oysters and Italian food, opened at 492 Fifth Ave. near 12th Street, the Village Voice reported.

Amber Sushi opened at 847B Union St. near Seventh Avenue in late May.

Windsor's World of Shoes opened at 484 Fifth Ave. near 11th Street with a "large selection of kids footwear," South Slope News reported.

The gift shop Scaredy Kat, at 232 Fifth Ave. near President Street, closed in early June and will be replaced by Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store, which also sells gifts, toys and home decor items.

Sweetwolf's, the restaurant at 492 Sixth Ave. near 12th Street in Park Slope, closed in early June, Here's Park Slope reported.

Lululemon, the purveyor of pricey yoga duds, closed its shop at 472 Bergen St. near Flatbush.

The Walk-in Cookbook, a specialty grocery store, will be opening at 72 Seventh Ave. near Berkeley Place, the space formerly occupied by Noella Brew Bar.

The gym LA Boxing will be opening at 340 Fourth Ave., the Commercial Observer reported. It will take over the entire 6,000-square-foot second floor of a commercial property on the corner of Third Street and Fourth Avenue, and Blinds to Go will be moving into the ground floor, according to the Observer.

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