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Mediterranean Restaurant Heads to Newtown Creek's Edge

By Meredith Hoffman | October 1, 2012 8:43am

GREENPOINT — When the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory's owner decamped to Newtown Creek's edge, friends warned him about moving to "the land time forgot."

"People told me I was either crazy or knew something they didn't," laughed Mark Thompson, who set up his business' second location on Commercial Street six years ago. "Now it's coming around."

And now, another entrepreneur hopes to bring the edge of Greenpoint its next attraction: a "destination" eatery.

"I think there's something special about that corner," said Sarah Conklin, who is scheming to open a Mediterannean restaurant beside the ice cream factory in the massive industrial building steps from both Newtown Creek and from the East River. "It's surrounded by water on both sides."

Conklin — who noted she still has yet to choose a name or specific menu for the establishment — envisions serving mainly local foods (including "a lot of lamb"), "top wines and small-brewed beer" (plus a full liquor selection) in the 2,500-square-foot space starting this spring.

"There's nowhere with a full liquor license within a few blocks," said Conklin, who is in the process of applying to serve liquor at the Commercial Street building, which also often houses television crews and film shoots (and nearby the shooting of the TV show "Boardwalk Empire").  

Conklin said her eatery would gladly serve the crews, and that she hoped it would draw people from all over the city.

"My idea is to do something removed from the mainstream," she said. "I like the idea of being a destination spot."