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Marco's Trattoria to Close as Changes Come to Prospect Heights Dining Scene

By Rachel Holliday Smith | November 21, 2014 10:55am | Updated on November 24, 2014 8:48am
 Marco's, the Italian restaurant owned by the proprietors of the popular Prospect Heights pizzeria Franny's, will close in mid-December, its owners said.
Marco's, the Italian restaurant owned by the proprietors of the popular Prospect Heights pizzeria Franny's, will close in mid-December, its owners said.
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PROSPECT HEIGHTS — The Italian trattoria Marco’s, the most recent addition to the family of eateries on Flatbush Avenue that includes Franny's and BKLYN Larder, will close in mid-December, its owners announced Thursday.

Marco’s last day of business will be Dec. 13, said Francine Stephens and Andrew Feinberg, owners of the restaurant, who also operate the nearby pizzeria Franny’s and the prepared food and provisions shop BKLYN Larder, both located nearby on the Park Slope side of Flatbush Avenue.

“As amazing as the food is and as warm and skilled our service, the business simply hasn’t been profitable enough to keep the doors open,” Stephens and Feinberg wrote on the restaurant's website.

In the announcement, the two said they are “considering a few possibilities” for Marco’s space at 295 Flatbush Ave., but have not settled on anything specific to replace it.

The closure is not the only change coming to the Prospect Heights food scene this month:

CLOSING: Kaz An Nou, 53 Sixth Ave.

After five years in Prospect Heights, the French Caribbean eatery Kaz An Nou will close its doors Sunday due to a lease renewal stalemate for its Sixth Avenue storefront, its owners announced earlier this month.

“It became obvious that we weren't welcome,” the eatery said of the landlord in a Facebook message. “We are very proud of the success of Kaz An Nou and owe so much of that to our amazing customers.”

As part of the closing, the restaurant plans to hold an auction of the restaurant's furnishings next Tuesday. The restaurant will sell its popular spicy garlic butter for $8 a jar at the auction “while supplies last."

OPENING: Cooklyn, 659 Vanderbilt Ave.

Chef Anthony Theocaropoulos, an alum of Eataly and Ai Fiori, opened this New American dinner spot on Vanderbilt Avenue between Park and Prospect places on Wednesday night, with a seasonal, locally sourced menu including venison wontons, an octopus and pork belly dish and lobster mac and cheese. Ingredients will come from many Brooklyn purveyors including cheese from Stinky Bklyn, bread from Brooklyn Bread Company and wine from The Red Hook Winery. The new spot is open every day at 5 p.m. except Mondays.

OPENING: Lefferts Community Food Co-Op, 324 Empire Blvd.

After months of preparation, this new cooperative food market will open for business in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens on Sunday, the group said in an email announcement this week.

“Even though we are a member-worker food co-op — everyone who shops here must be a member and contribute work hours as we have no paid staff  we are opening our doors on Sunday to ALL so that you can see what we will sell,” the message said.

The co-op hopes to attract 300 members who will contribute $125 at sign-up and about 2 hours and 45 minutes of work every month, according to the application to joinThe store hopes to stock staples like rice, beans, grains and fresh fruits and vegetables, organizers told DNAinfo in September.

The opening of the co-op will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23.