By Alan Neuhauser
Special to DNAinfo.com New York
PARK SLOPE — Nine months after the coffee grinders went quiet at Ozzie's Coffee and Tea, ending the beloved cafe's 18-year run at its corner spot at Lincoln Place and Seventh Avenue in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, a new French-Hungarian cafe and wine bar is preparing to open in Ozzie's place.
The as-yet-unnamed eatery is scheduled to open Friday, May 25, said owner Murat Ozcan, who also owns Couleur Cafe, just one mile south on Seventh Avenue. It will be open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to midnight, and host live music performances and movie nights.
"We'll have very light food," Ozcan said. "Fresh, organic, natural salads, sandwiches, and different specials, a different treat everyday." Most ingredients will come from local sources, he continued, and the cafe will serve Blue Bottle coffee from San Francisco.
Ozcan, who owns the cafe with Gabor Ferencz, who immigrated from Hungary in 2004, said they are undaunted by the legacy left by Ozzie's. "We don't like to be trendy, we just want to be a neighborhood cafe," he said. "We want everybody to feel at home, have discussions, and know they're going to find fresh food."