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Peck's Specialty Market to Open Smaller Willoughby Avenue Outpost

By Alexandra Leon | February 28, 2017 8:24am
 The original Peck's Specialty Foods on Myrtle Avenue.
The original Peck's Specialty Foods on Myrtle Avenue.
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FORT GREENE — A new neighborhood nosh spot is coming to Willoughby Street, courtesy of a local favorite. 

Peck’s Specialty Foods on Myrtle Avenue is planning to open a second outpost, Peckish, this spring at 49 Willoughby Ave., between Adelphi Street and Clermont Avenue, the shop announced Monday.

The new location will emphasize coffee and snacks, as well as offering seating for customers who want to linger, according to store owner Theo Peck.

"It's going to be smaller and have a more relaxed vibe," Peck said. "Like the name implies, this is a little satellite of what we do, without the retail components."

Peckish will be brewing Joe's Coffee, which Peck called "pioneers in the new age of coffee roasting," with pour-over and espresso options on the menu.

Food will include savory and sweet treats like homemade bialys, doughnuts and cookies. There will also be light sandwiches and other to-go snacks.

The new shop will seat 17 in a "warm, lived-in" atmosphere, with work from local artists on its walls, Peck said.

 A view of the under-construction space on Willoughby Street, between Adelphi Street and Clermont Avenue.
A view of the under-construction space on Willoughby Street, between Adelphi Street and Clermont Avenue.
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The store owner, who lives around the corner from the new outpost, said he didn't want to stray from Fort Greene with his latest venture.

“I really wanted to find a way to expand within my neighborhood,” he said. “I get a really warm vibe here, it feels like home.”

Peck’s first opened in 2013 at 455 Myrtle Ave., where it serves up coffee, pastries, sandwiches for breakfast and lunch, as well as prepared foods like rotisserie chicken.  

The specialty market recently sparked conversation on social media after it installed a “We Are Thinking Of” wall behind its counter, on which a new statement about the Trump administration has been posted every day since shortly after the president's inauguration. 

The new shop is set to open by the first week of April.