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More Dessert and Coffee Spots Coming to Crown Heights as 'Spirited' Closes

By Rachel Holliday Smith | April 16, 2015 2:10pm | Updated on April 17, 2015 5:45pm
 Spirited is closing and I.M. Pastry Shop, Marker Coffee, Oaxaca Taqueria and Burger UrWay are opening in the Crown Heights area this spring.
Crown Heights Openings and Closings, April 2015
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BROOKLYN — The Prospect Heights “dessert speakeasy” Spirited is closing its doors after about a year in business following a buyout from new owners of its building, the proprietor announced this week.

Kimberly Wetherell, the “baketender” who specializes in alcohol-infused sweets sold at the bar and dessert spot on Vanderbilt Avenue, announced the closure in a letter online, assuring fans that “Spirited (the brand, the concept, the vision) is not dead” and will find a new location “eventually.”

“We will deeply miss our first home, our clientele and our wonderful neighbors on Vanderbilt Avenue,” she wrote.

The closure comes as four other eateries plan openings in the area, including a brand new dessert shop in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens — I.M. Pastry Studio — and a new coffee shop, burger joint and taqueria in Crown Heights.

Take a look at the new spots opening up on your block in DNAinfo New York's round-up below:

I.M. Pastry Studio
1131 Nostrand Ave., near Midwood Street
Opening: Friday, April 17
This custom dessert shop is the first brick-and-mortar for I.M. Pastry, a home-based bakery started in 2009 by co-owners Tiffany Washington, Jo-Laine Duke Collins and Tamika Young. The new Prospect-Lefferts Gardens shop will specialize in made-to-order cakes, cupcakes and cookies as well as coffee, waffles, doughnuts and pastries for drop-in customers, Young said. Get there early for the 8 a.m. opening on Friday — the first 33 people in the door will get a free mini cupcake.

Oaxaca Taqueria
406 Rogers Ave. at Sterling Street
Opening: June
This locally-sourced, organic Mexican food operation is expanding its business in Brooklyn with its tenth store, set to open this summer in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. The Oaxacan eatery just opened another store at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and has plans for another Bedford-Stuyvesant location as well. The shop is currently renovating a 1,400-square-foot space on Rogers Avenue and hopes to open in June, according to local blog Flatbushed.

Marker Coffee
241 Rogers Ave. at President Street
Opening: May or June
A husband-and-wife team is opening this new spot “in the next month or so,” specializing in coffee, baked goods and chocolate, owner Marcel said in an email. His wife has a background as a “chocolatier” and baker and has “now finally reached her dream of opening a coffee shop,” he said. Renovations are currently underway at their Rogers Avenue storefront. When it opens, Marker Coffee will join 17 other coffee shops currently serving the Crown Heights area.

Burger UrWay
465 Lincoln Pl. at Classon Avenue
Currently open
A new location of this Brooklyn burger mini-chain opened this week on Lincoln Place near Classon Avenue, according to Brooklynian. The menu includes “steakburgers,” fries, shakes and wraps.