Bed-Stuy Record Label to be Replaced by Taco Truck and Bar

By Paul DeBenedetto on April 14, 2014 8:06am 

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 A new restaurant with a taco truck from the owners of Mayfield will replace Dub-Stuy Records.
Mayfield Owners' New Restaurant With a Taco Truck Will Replace Dub-Stuy Records
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BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — A new Mexican restaurant from the owners of Crown Heights establishment Mayfield will replace Dub-Stuy Records on Franklin Avenue, the owners said.

The unnamed eatery, at 323 Franklin Ave., will serve drinks inside and contemporary Mexican food outside, with a taco truck in the backyard, the owners said.

Tacos will run from $2 to $4.50 and tortas will cost between $7 and $10, alongside weekly specials like roasted pig and pozole, said chef and co-owner Lev Gewirtzman, who also runs Crown Heights' favorite Mayfield.

"Our plan is to open a lively and casual restaurant-bar," Gewirtzman said at last week's Community Board 3 meeting. 

"We'd like to serve food throughout the daytime, dinner and late-night hours, so as to duplicate the success that Mayfield has had, with having families dining with us during the day and evening period, and provide a local watering hole."

The backyard will also boast a garden and play host to kids' movie nights projected onto the back wall, the owners said.

Community Board 3 voted to write a letter of support for the restaurant's liquor license last week.

The restaurant will replace Dub-Stuy Records, an electronic dance music label with a focus on sound system culture. The label is famous for its giant, $30,000 speaker system.

Despite leaving on good terms with the landlord, rent was becoming too high and the building's owner wanted to go in a different direction with the space, said Dub-Stuy owner Quoc Pham.

"It's pretty clear that they weren't going to invest in the space for a nonprofit/record label," Pham said.

The label is currently working out of a temporary space while it searches for a new permanent location, he said.

Despite the relocation, the label is still operational, Pham said. On April 19, Dub-Stuy is producing the launch party for Dust and Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting, a new book from photographer Eilon Paz.

The label will also work with local restaurant Do or Dine for the restaurant's annual Memorial Day Rub-A-Grub, Pham said. Last year's event also featured A Tribe Called Quest DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad.

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