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'Top Chef' Alum Brings Restaurant, Butcher and Coffee Shop to Gowanus

By Leslie Albrecht | January 26, 2016 3:10pm
 Chef Adam Harvey, who competed in 2014 on
Chef Adam Harvey, who competed in 2014 on "Top Chef," is opening a 50-seat restaurant, coffee shop, butcher and cheese larder on Fourth Avenue and 15th Street in Gowanus.
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Adam Harvey

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.

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The 1,600-square-foot space is now under construction. It's being designed by Carpenter & Mason, the firm that designed chef Michael Chernow's Seamore's restaurant in Nolita.

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.