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French Bistro to Open on Vanderbilt Avenue With Assist From 'Olmsted' Team

By Rachel Holliday Smith | June 9, 2017 4:12pm | Updated on June 12, 2017 8:54am
 The former bar Plan B will open as a French bistro-style restaurant by the end of the year, its owners said.
The former bar Plan B will open as a French bistro-style restaurant by the end of the year, its owners said.
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PROSPECT HEIGHTS — A new French bistro-style restaurant will open by the end of the year on Vanderbilt Avenue, taking the place of the popular bar Plan B, its proprietor said.

The yet-unnamed restaurant will open at 626 Vanderbilt Ave. bringing French cuisine and a full bar to the Prospect Heights location, according to a liquor license application.

The new restaurant will be operated by the Plan B team and its owner, who are getting help opening the eatery from Max Katzenberg, Jamie Kennedy and Greg Baxtrom, the team behind the popular New American restaurant Olmsted, located across the street.

At a meeting to approve the eatery’s liquor license on Thursday, Katzenberg said the new restaurant will have no more than 75 seats between indoor dining and outdoor seating in a rear yard space.

The restaurant will be open 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily, according to the application. Community Board 8 approved the owner’s liquor license, which needs final approval from the State Liquor Authority before opening.

The board also approved a full liquor license application for a new wine bar, Wine People, which will open on the corner of Bergen Street and Vanderbilt Avenue in the location formerly occupied by the dessert spot Spirited and longtime bar, Beast.

In addition, CB8 gave the OK for liquor license renewals at five bars and restaurants in Prospect Heights and Crown Heights: Kimchi Grill on Washington Avenue, Burrito Bar on Flatbush Avenue, 99 Rogers on Rogers Avenue, Chavela’s on Franklin Avenue and Art Cafe on Underhill Avenue.