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Seafood Restaurant Tygershark to Land on Vanderbilt Avenue

By Rachel Holliday Smith | November 14, 2014 10:35am | Updated on November 17, 2014 8:56am
 A new "seafood-focused" restaurant is coming to Vanderbilt Avenue next spring, its proprietor said.
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PROSPECT HEIGHTS — A new seafood-focused restaurant is set to open on Vanderbilt Avenue next year after winning approval Thursday from the local community board.

Tygershark will open at 581 Vanderbilt Ave., just north of Dean Street next to the popular sports bar Woodwork, with indoor and outdoor seating for more than 100, its owner said.

The restaurant's menu will be stocked with seafood but will also serve a range of tastes, according to owner Doug Hwang, a Brooklyn native and Williamsburg resident who said he hails from a family with 30 years experience in the fresh-fish business.

In addition to seated dining, he'll offer retail space and a coffee bar, Hwang said. He’s planning to open next spring after renovating the building, which is located in the Prospect Heights Historic District. Community Board 8 approved the restaurant's construction plan on Thursday night, but Hwang still needs approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission at a Dec. 2 hearing.

CB8 also approved plans for two other new venues. Take a look at the new spots opening up soon:


CB8 approved a liquor license for Dorsett, a new event hall on Washington Avenue between St. Marks Avenue and Prospect Place. The new space hopes to host weddings, birthdays and graduation parties, according to its liquor license application. Dorsett will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. from Sunday to Wednesday, and from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Zaaz Pizza

The funky neighborhood pizza shop also known as Pete Zaaz has a new owner. It will re-open in the same spot at 766 Classon Ave., between Sterling Place and St. John's Place, “in the new year,” said Colin Phillips, a new partner of the shop’s founder, Pete Entner. Phillips, who lives around the corner from Zaaz, said he loved Pete’s pizza so much, he bought out the former investors to keep the joint alive after their partnership with Entner ended this summer.

“I was passionate about the pizza,” Phillips said. “When [Entner] told me … I said, I gotta do this pizza thing. Can’t let it die.” CB8 approved a new liquor license for the pizza shop, which will offer drinks served in the restaurant’s outside courtyard.