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Four & Twenty Blackbirds Opening Library Cafe, Walk-in Cookbook Closing

By Leslie Albrecht | February 20, 2014 5:11pm
 The sisters behind pie shop Four & Twenty Blackbirds are opening a cafe at the Brooklyn Public Library.
Four & Twenty Blackbirds Opening Library Cafe, Walk-in Cookbook Closing
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BROOKLYN — Good news for hungry book worms — the people behind three local eateries are opening a café inside the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.

The sisters who own Gowanus pie shop Four & Twenty Blackbirds, on Third Avenue and Eighth Street, are teaming up with two brothers who are chefs at The Pines and Vinegar Hill House to serve "sandwiches and more" at the library's Grand Army Plaza headquarters, Grub Street reported.

The team has already started serving Stumptown coffee and pastries at a temporary space in the library lobby and plans to open the full 18-table café in  March, according to a post on the library's Facebook page.

The menu will include a roast beef sandwich made with house-made kimchee and horseradish mayonnaise, chef John Poiarkoff of the Gowanus restaurant The Pines told Grub Street. He added that the cafe will find some of its ingredients at the Grand Army Plaza farmers market that's right next to the library.

Other recent comings and goings on the neighborhood restaurant and retail scene include the following:

The Walk-in Cookbook at 72 Seventh Ave. near Berkeley Place is closing after just six months in business. The store was aimed at home cooks and sold pre-measured amounts of ingredients along with recipes for specific dishes. "Unfortunately, we are unable to make our concept work in brick and mortar," store announced this week.

• A wine shop is moving into the space that once held the Clover Barber Shop at 389 Seventh Ave. near 12th Street, according to Jeremiah's Vanishing New York. A posting on the front gate indicates that the new venture is being launched by the people who own the wine store Big Nose Full Body and wine bar Brookvin, both of which are on Seventh Avenue between 11th and 12th streets.

Petrune, a boutique selling vintage, "vintage-inspired," and handmade clothing and accessories, opened at 233 Fifth Ave., near President Street, Park Slope Stoop reported. The new shop, run by a husband and wife who recently moved back to Park Slope, replaces Eidolon, which closed after 14 years in business.

• A pharmacy is moving into 164 Fifth Ave. near Degraw Street, where the vintage clothing Odd Twin closed about five months ago, according to Here's Park Slope.