La Botaneria and L Train Vintage Open, Zito's Sandwich Shoppe Closes

By Leslie Albrecht on September 16, 2013 2:47pm 

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 The latest Park Slope, Gowanus and Windsor Terrace openings and closings.
La Botaneria, L Train Vintage Open, Zito's Sandwich Shop Closes
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PARK SLOPE — Fonda chef Roberto Santibañez's new eatery La Botaneria is open for business.

The tiny bar and restaurant, which opened on Seventh Avenue and 14th Street on Friday, is a "small place" with "small plates, big flavors," Santibañez said on Twitter, where he announced the opening of the new establishment. It's right across the street from the Brooklyn location of Santibañez's successful Fonda restaurant.

Like Beer Table, which occupied the space previously, diners sit at a few tall tables with high stools.

The menu includes cocktails, beer, and wine and small plate dishes such as a Spanish-style tortilla made with potatoes and eggs; meatballs; a white bean salad with fennel and red onion; and a salad of smoked trout with pickled vegetables. La Botaneria will be open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., an employee said.

Other recent comings and goings on the neighborhood restaurant and retail scene include the following:

L Train Vintage opened a new store at 654 Sackett Street, just off Fourth Avenue. Park Slope Stoop reported that the shop "is filled to the max with aisles of T-shirts, button-ups, onesies, denim, sweaters, sweatshirts, dresses, and more."

After just two years in business, chicken parm purveyor Zito's Sandwich Shoppe abruptly closed at 300 Seventh Ave., Here's Park Slope reported. The store announced on Twitter that it had lost its lease, but reminded fans that there's another Zito's at 195 Fifth Ave., between Berkeley Place and Union Street.

Odd Twin, the vintage shop at 164 Fifth Ave. near Degraw Street, will be closing at the end of September so the owner can focus on her family, according to the Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District. Until then, the store is offering discounts from 30 to 50 percent on much of its merchandise.

Other recently opened stores include the new Mavi Jeans shop on Fifth Avenue and Union Street; the stationery store Paper Source at 87 Seventh Ave. and Union Street, and Williamsburg transplant Haab, a Mexican restaurant at 396 Sixth Ave. near Seventh Street.

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