GOWANUS — A former contestant on TV's "Top Chef" is bringing a combination coffee shop, restaurant, "whole animal butcher" and cheese larder to rapidly-developing Fourth Avenue.
Chef Adam Harvey plans to open A&E Supply Co. this summer on the first floor of 548 Fourth Ave., a luxury rental high-rise.
The business will open at 7 a.m. to serve artisanal coffee and pastries to commuters and stay open until midnight serving dinner and drinks at a 50-seat restaurant, Harvey told Brooklyn Community Board 6 on Monday.
During the day, shoppers will be able to browse for humanely-raised meat from grass-fed animals and fine cheeses from around the world.
“We’re looking to deliver to the community a set of services that they don't have and we want to do it awesomely,” Harvey told DNAinfo New York.
Harvey, a former sous chef at Danny Meyer's Union Square Cafe who was eliminated on episode 8 of "Top Chef Boston," said he's been searching for a spot to open his own business for nearly four years.
Harvey said there was a period in his career when he would have "never entertained" opening a restaurant in Brooklyn, but times have changed, thanks in part to culinary pioneers who "trudged their way through Williamsburg," he said.
He described A&E Supply Co. as a "healthy-ish modern American bistro" and said he'll draw heavily on his training with Union Square Hospitality Group to create an "innovative" guest experience.
A proposed menu presented to Community Board 6 on Monday night included mussels escabeche with "blood orange, pimenton, olio verde" ($14); shaved Brussels sprouts with "dashi, bonito, Kewpie" ($10); beef and bean chili with "Texas toast, cheddar, pickled jalapeño" ($18); and pork chop Milanese with "Thai chili vinaigrette, apple, avocado" ($20).
Harvey's new venture will open on Fourth Avenue and 15th Street, where new high-rise residential buildings are under construction on all four corners.
Community Board 6's Environmental Protection and Permits committee gave the initial approval for A&E Supply Co.'s liquor license on Monday night. The full board will vote next month and the State Liquor Authority has final say.
Harvey aims to open this summer.