PARK SLOPE — A year after pizza fans were devastated by the closure of Two Boots' Park Slope location, the mini-chain has reopened in a new space at Fifth Avenue and First Street.
Two Boots welcomed customers with a "soft opening" on Monday, and will host a grand opening party at 6 p.m. on Nov. 25 with live music, beer and free pizza, owner Phil Hartman said.
The previous Two Boots outpost in Park Slope, at Second Street and Seventh Avenue, was started by a partner of Hartman's and served Cajun-themed food. The new location, which replaced Terroir wine bar at 284 Fifth Ave., will go back to Two Boots' roots, Hartman said.
"The old Two Boots in Brooklyn was kind of a cousin, and this new one will be a sibling," Hartman said. "This one will be more focused on pizza, po’ boys and salads."
The new restaurant will keep some of the family-friendly atmosphere that made the old Two Boots so popular, and kids will be allowed to play with pizza dough and "talk to the pizza man," Hartman said.
The new branch will serve an expanded menu of vegan pizzas and use basil and salad greens grown at the Gotham Greens garden on the roof of the Whole Foods in Gowanus.
"We're creating a special farm-to-pie pizza with them," Hartman said of the partnership with Gotham Greens.
Other recent comings and goings on the Park Slope restaurant and retail scene include the following:
► Corner of Vermont, a shop selling maple syrup and other treats direct from Vermont farms, opened recently at 374 Fifth Ave. and Sixth Street. The store is lined with wooden beams and decorated to look like a barn. The operation will eventually expand to sell chili cheese dogs, milkshakes and ice cream. Shoppers may remember the store from last winter, when owner Mark Hastings ran a pop-up shop there. He described his wares at the time as "real food grown by real people."
► Brigid's Well, a craft boutique that donates some of its proceeds to charity, opened recently at 138 Seventh Ave. and Carroll Street. The store sells handmade art, jewelry and other items, each of which have "a story of inspiration and empowerment," according to the store's website. Inventory includes belts made by prisoners in Montana and sculptures made from flip-flops that wash ashore in Kenya.
► Two designers have opened Altamira Workshop, a retail space that will sell their work as well as handmade items by other artists. Designers Philip Sachs and Amy Fierro, who've created textile designs for the furniture store CB2, are co-owners of the store, at 217 Sixth Ave. and Union Street.
► Mexican sweets purveyor La Newyorkina has opened a pop-up shop for the winter at 808 Union St. off Seventh Avenue. The store sells baked goods such as Mexican wedding cookies and puffed amaranth with dark chocolate, as well as Mexican hot chocolate, said operations manager Andrea Chrem.
The main attraction will be La Newyorkina's ice creams, which will include seasonally inspired flavors, Chrem said. Starting this week the shop will sell a set of Thanksgiving-themed flavors: Mexican vanilla, Mexican cinnamon, pumpkin and goat's milk caramel. The store will be open until March.