Smorgasburg Bakers Opening Dessert and Cocktail Bar on Franklin Avenue

By Gustavo Solis on April 3, 2014 8:22am 

CROWN HEIGHTS — A dessert and cocktail bar with roots in the popular Williamsburg food fair Smorgasburg is getting its first brick-and-mortar location — on Franklin Avenue.

The owners of Butter & Scotch — known for its maple-bacon cupcakes and bourbon-ginger pecan pies — plan to open a shop at 818 Franklin Ave. between Eastern Parkway and Union Street in late summer, the owners announced Wednesday.

“After months of planning and negotiating, we are thrilled to announce that the permanent home of Butter & Scotch will be in our dream neighborhood of Crown Heights,” owners Keavy Blueher and Allison Kave said in an email.

Crown Heights was the perfect place for their venue because they live nearby, it's easily accessible by subway and rents are still affordable, Kave said.

The bakery and bar will be located inside two converted storefronts, one of which formerly housed a Crown Fried Chicken.

Butter & Scotch, which sells its carmel corn at Whole Foods and Chelsea Market, plans to serve seasonal cocktails, freshly baked pastries and coffee. Although they are still working to finalize the menu and the prices, Kave said fans of their Smorgasburg tent can expect to get their favorite treats at the shop.

Applying for a liquor license soon, they envision Butter & Scotch as a relaxed, comfortable place where locals can get a cup of coffee before going to work and a drink when they return.

Blueher, of Kumquat Cupcakery, and Fave, of First Prize Pies, have more than 20 years of combined baking experience, and use fresh, seasonal ingredients for their desserts. They’ll use the same ingredients in their cocktails and set up unique pairings, Kave said.

“There’s a lot of nostalgia and references to our childhood [in the desserts],” Kave said.

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