Pickle Shack and Eco-Friendly Pharmacy Open in Park Slope

By Leslie Albrecht on October 29, 2013 8:34am 

 Jars of pickles getting ready for brining at Brooklyn Brine. The President Street pickle purveyor is opening a restaurant, Pickle Shack, at 256 Fourth Ave.
Jars of pickles getting ready for brining at Brooklyn Brine. The President Street pickle purveyor is opening a restaurant, Pickle Shack, at 256 Fourth Ave.
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PARK SLOPE — The new restaurant on Fourth Avenue and President Street is called Pickle Shack, but the menu isn't limited to briny cucumbers.

"That's the fun part — it has a really simple funny name, but hopefully we're going to make some really great food that people will talk about," said executive chef Neal Harden, who formerly worked at vegetarian restaurant Maimonides of Brooklyn.

The lunch line-up at Pickle Shack includes an egg sandwich on rye ciabatta bread with chives, thyme, raclette cheese and "wild-gathered" mushrooms. The nightly specials list has a parsnip and wild mushroom stout beer pie with a biscuit crust and pickled chanterelle mushrooms. Sides at the all-vegetarian restaurant include fried hop pickles with preserved lemon aioli, and beer-battered oyster mushrooms with tartar sauce.

The new eatery will have the city's largest selection of Dogfish Head beers and bread from nearby Gowanus restaurant Runner and Stone. The pickles, which will grace every sandwich plate, will be from Brooklyn Brine, the pickle purveyor on President Street and Fourth Avenue.

The brinery decided to launch Pickle Shack, at 256 Fourth Ave., after Root Hill Burger left the space earlier this year. Pickle Shack is slated to open on Wednesday Oct. 30, according to Brooklyn Brine's Facebook page.

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

Greentree Pharmacy, which specializes in eco-friendly products, opened last week at 291 Seventh Ave. between Seventh and Eighth streets, Park Slope Stoop reported.

The owner of Korzo in the South Slope has opened a new Eastern European restaurant called Sekt at 651 Fifth Ave., at 19th Street, South Slope News reported. The menu is "small plates featuring traditionally crafted blini, potato pancakes, house cured fish, vegetable tapenades, slow braised meats and some surprises," according to Sekt's website.

Amira's recently replaced longtime neighborhood restaurant Anthony's at 426A Seventh Ave. near 14th Street. Amira's serves a mix of Middle Eastern and Italian dishes.

Japanese discount fashion retailer Uniqlo opened its first Brooklyn location at Atlantic Terminal Mall on Atlantic and Flatbush avenues on Oct. 25.

Brooklyn Comics & More at 493 Seventh Ave. and Prospect Avenue is going out of business on Oct. 31 "due to unforeseeable and unfortunate circumstances." The store is slashing prices to sell off inventory, with 40 percent discounts on all of its merchandise, according to its Facebook page.

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