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'Steampunk' Cocktail and Dessert Bar Coming to Nostrand Avenue

By Rachel Holliday Smith | December 11, 2015 3:52pm | Updated on December 13, 2015 5:45pm
 A new dessert and cocktail bar with
A new dessert and cocktail bar with "streampunk decor" is opening soon at 604 Nostrand Ave., its owner said.
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CROWN HEIGHTS — A new dessert and cocktail bar with “steampunk decor” is coming to Nostrand Avenue this winter, its owner told DNAinfo.

Sweet Brooklyn Bar is setting up shop at 608 Nostrand Ave. north of Pacific Street in the former NoBar storefront, said proprietor Ka-Wanna Jefferson, a Bronx resident with 15 years of experience in the restaurant and bar scene in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Fort Greene, she said.

Jefferson said she’s aiming to make her first brick-and-mortar bar a “one-stop shop neighborhood gastropub” with a full bar, “elevated bar food” like fried oysters, lamb sliders and escargot and, of course, “decadent desserts,” she said in an email.

“We plan to create an atmosphere that is warm, comfortable, edgy and sexy,” she said.

The design of the bar will include metal-plated walls, accents using metal gears and piping and a “handcrafted steampunk gun display,” Jefferson said, featuring imagined, old-timey firearms in the steampunk aesthetic, inspired by early-1900s machinery.

The renovation of Sweet Brooklyn Bar is still underway, but Jefferson is aiming for a mid-January opening. She had searched for more than year to find the right storefront in the neighborhood and said the Nostrand Avenue spot “just felt right.”

“Crown Heights continues to grow and evolve, as streets like Franklin Avenue are soaring,” she said. “I thought, ‘What better opportunity to bring an establishment to the neighborhood that can provide a place for its residents to socialize and unwind?’”

The State Liquor Authority issued a conditional letter of approval for Sweet Brooklyn Bar for a full liquor license at their new location on Dec. 6, state records show.

For updates about the bar, sign up for Sweet Brooklyn Bar's newsletter at sweetbkbar.com.