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Lark Cafe Owner to Open 'Family-Friendly' Spot in Windsor Terrace

By Leslie Albrecht | January 22, 2015 1:53pm | Updated on January 28, 2015 2:57pm
 Elk will open on Friday, Jan. 23, at 154 Prospect Park Southwest.
Elk Cafe Opening in Windsor Terrace
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WINDSOR TERRACE — The owner of a popular Ditmas Park coffee hangout is opening a new "family-friendly" cafe in Windsor Terrace.

Kari Browne, who owns Lark cafe on Church Avenue, will open Elk at 154 Prospect Park Southwest on Friday, she announced on Elk's website.

The new cafe is near Vanderbilt Street and just across from Vanderbilt Playground in Prospect Park. The space was formerly occupied by Juice Pedaler, the combination bike and smoothie shop.

Elk will cater to families and park visitors by hosting kid-friendly activities in its backyard during warm weather, Browne wrote on the website. In colder weather there will be indoor sing-alongs near the cafe's fireplace, the online announcement said.

Elk also "promises to be a foodies' delight," Browne wrote. The menu will feature sandwiches made especially for Elk by Brancaccio's Food Shop on Fort Hamilton Parkway. The lineup includes a marinated steak sandwich with sweet onions and a roasted eggplant sandwich with mozzarella and pesto.

The cafe will also serve "bagels, scones, tea breads, cookies and doughnuts" from Colson Patisserie in Park Slope. Elk, whose opening was first reported by Ditmas Corner, will serve Stumptown coffee.

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

► Henri on Fifth, a new bar serving cocktails and food, opened recently at 279 Fifth Ave., Park Slope Stoop first reported. The menu includes Sriracha deviled eggs, banh mi tacos and soup served in steins. The space was previously occupied by Aperitivo.

► The first Brooklyn location of Ninth Street Espresso opened recently inside Threes Brewing, a new craft brewery and bar at 333 Douglass St. off Third Avenue in Gowanus. The brewery is also home to a new event space called Tiny Montgomery, which hosted its first open mic night on Jan. 19. The venue will host live music and other performances, as well as private events.

Corner of Vermont, the Fifth Avenue shop modeled after a Vermont roadside stand, recently expanded its menu and is now serving grilled cheese, French toast, chili cheese dogs, and a regional ice cream treat called a "creemee." The store, at 374 Fifth Ave. near Sixth Street, also stocks maple syrup made at owner Mark Hastings' Vermont farm.

“To the best of our knowledge we remain the only maple-focused and Vermont-farmer-owned store in all the five boroughs,” Hastings told DNAinfo New York.