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Great-Grandson of Famous Kosher Dairy Owner to Open Clinton Hill Eatery

By Janet Upadhye | July 9, 2013 1:26pm

CLINTON HILL — It runs in the family.

Myrtle Avenue will soon be home to a specialty food shop for locals to grab a quick nosh — courtesy of the great-grandson of the man behind a former kosher institution on the Lower East Side.

Peck's Specialty Foods, at 455 Myrtle Ave. will carry foods like rotisserie chicken, charcuterie and artisanal cheese, as well as serve prepared dishes such as roasted carrots with salsa verde buttermilk dressing, white beans with chorizo emulsion, and mashed potatoes with chicken fat-fried onions.

“Living in the area with my wife and son, I wanted a place for locals to go to grab a quick bite to eat without having to worry about high prices and lack of quality,” said owner Theo Peck, whose great-grandfather ran the legendary LES eatery Ratner's.

“Whether people are picking up food for their families, entertaining guests, going on a picnic or need something convenient after working late, we hope the shop will become a neighborhood staple.”

Peck is no newcomer to the restaurant scene.

His love of the industry started at the age of 3 while visiting his great-grandfather’s legendary Delancey Street kosher spot. He later opened Lansky Lounge on the LES, attended the New England Culinary Institute and founded The Food Experiments, a national amateur chef competition.

And now Clinton Hill will benefit from his kitchen knowledge.

"Peck’s will bring a new type of eatery to Myrtle, expanding the neighborhood’s current dining options, and further promoting Myrtle Avenue as a local food destination," said Michael Blaise Backer of the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership. "We are excited to be able to work with Peck’s and have them join the Myrtle Avenue community."

Peck's will also serve craft beers and have a backyard for diners to sit. The eatery is set to open in late August.