PARK SLOPE — The owners of a Queens tapas bar are bringing a new Mexican restaurant to the former Bierkraft space.
Ashish Chawla, co-owner of Tarros Bar in Corona, plans to open an "authentic" Mexican restaurant at 191 Fifth Ave. near Berkeley Place, he told DNAinfo New York.
The space was last home to the craft beer and sandwich shop Bierkraft, which closed suddenly in June 2015 after 13 years in business.
Chawla, who's partnering with his Guatemalan wife and a Mexican chef in the new business, said he's been researching Park Slope for almost a year and feels the neighborhood has plenty of Tex-Mex restaurants, but lacks genuine Mexican food.
“We want to have authentic Mexican food with the real spices and condiments from Mexico,” Chawla said.
The menu is still being worked out, but Chawla said it will definitely include some dishes with nopales (Spanish for prickly pear or cactus) such as tacos and salads.
After a renovation, Chawla plans to open the restaurant in mid-September.
Other recent Openings & Closings in the neighborhood include:
► The Australian bar Sheep Station is closing after 10 years in business at 149 Fourth Ave. and Douglass Street.
► The farm-to-table restaurant Gristmill opened at 289 Fifth Ave. between First and Second streets, in the former Brooklyn Central space.
► Real estate firm Halstead Property is opening its fourth office in the neighborhood at 160 Seventh Ave., between Garfield Place and First Street. The space was last occupied by Italian restaurant Tutta Pasta.
► Williamsburg's Meat Hook will be the permanent in-house food provider at Threes Brewing, the combination brewery, bar and event space at 333 Douglass St. off Third Avenue in Gowanus.