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Brewery, Pierogi Restaurant and Bike Repair Shop Coming to Gowanus

By Leslie Albrecht | November 6, 2014 3:05pm
 Threes Brewing, Baba's Pierogies and BikeSmith are among new businesses in Gowanus.
Brewery, Pierogi Restaurant, BikeSmith Coming to Gowanus
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GOWANUS — Come for the beer and stay for the coffee, music and food.

Threes Brewing, a combination brewery, bar, coffee shop and event space, is slated to open in late November at 333 Douglass St. off Fourth Avenue.

The sprawling 5,000-square-foot space has both indoor and outdoor seating and a 3,000-square-foot back yard. About 20 percent of the building — a former furniture fabricator — will be used for creating IPAs, pale ales, saisons and other craft brews with a 15-barrel brewing system.

“We’re going to make all kinds of beers that range from stuff that’s really accessible to stuff that’s a little more exotic,” said co-owner Josh Stylman, a tech entrepreneur who lives in Park Slope.

His partners include Justin Israelson, who manages the Sycamore Flower Shop & Bar in Ditmas Park and helped open its sister restaurant, The Farm on Adderley. Threes Brewing will serve food, but the menu is still being developed.

The front of the building will house a coffee bar that will open at 7 a.m. and serve Ninth Street Espresso, the first Brooklyn location for the Manhattan-based coffee chain. Threes Brewing also has a 60-seat event space that's suitable for intimate concerts or private parties.

"We're looking at this as a community space," Stylman said. "Our aspiration is that it's a gathering space for people that live in the area."

The public can get a sneak peek at Threes Brewing and taste its beer this weekend when Delaney Barbecue hosts an event at the brewery starting at 12 p.m. on Nov. 8. For more details check the Threes Brewing website.

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

► A restaurant serving pierogies and other Eastern European classics is aiming to open by Christmas at 295 Third Ave. near Carroll Street. Baba's Pierogies will serve the doughy treats with traditional fillings such as potatoes and farmer's cheese, but will also add modern twists such as Nutella and macaroni and cheese fillings, said co-owner Helena Fabiankovic.

Fabiankovic, a former preschool teacher whose family is from Slovakia, will be using her grandmother's recipe. Baba's Pierogies will also serve sauerkraut and kielbasa sliders. The "fast casual" restaurant will have a take-out counter and seating, but it won't have table service.

“For me it’s about bringing what I love to people and just showing off my culture and my heritage,” Fabiankovic said. “We want to make pierogies and sauerkraut and other Eastern European foods as accessible as having a slice of pizza for lunch.”

► The Brooklyn bike shop mini chain BikeSmith recently opened a branch at 530 Third Ave. and 13th Street. In addition to bicycle sales and repairs, BikeSmith will eventually have a bar and cafe, an employee said. The space was previously home to the Draft Barn beer hall.

► The metal bar Lucky 13 Saloon reopened in new digs at 644 Sackett St. between Third and Fourth avenues. Lucky 13 started in the South Slope in 2003 but closed its original location in late October. The new larger space will allow Lucky 13 to “have more shows and generally be the wild creatures we were meant to be" owner Melody Hardy wrote in a Facebook post.

► The midtown Manhattan dance club Sankeys NYC recently moved to Brooklyn and took over the former SRB Brooklyn dance and music club at 177 Second Ave. and 14th Street.