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When the Franny’s team announced it was closing down Marco’s last December, it made the very prospect of opening new eateries in the borough seem like a real exercise in futility. After all, if Francine Stephens and Andrew Feinberg—two of the true OG’s of Brooklyn dining—couldn’t make a go of it considering the current restaurant climate, how the heck did anyone else stand a chance?  Then again, being a big fish has its benefits—not many...
2014 was a wretched year for many beloved art and music spaces in Brooklyn, as well as a slew of bars and restaurants that closed due to the ever-mounting pressures of real estate prices. Just this week, Williamsburg's grimy dive and music venue Trash Bar announced that it was probably going to have to close its doors in March thanks to rising rent. It's like Theseus' paradox: If you replace every part of Brooklyn,...
It was only a few weeks ago that I extolled the virtues of Marco's, one of my favorite restaurants in Brooklyn, and now? It's closing. Such is life? Well, no. Not exactly. Such, as it turns out, is the economical reality of running a restaurant in Brooklyn. Or, at least, that's what Marco's owners Francine Stephens and Andrew Feinberg revealed when they sent out a letter to the press yesterday, informing us that Marco's last...
Owned and operated by Francine Stephens and Andrew Feinberg (of the ever-popular Franny's and Bklyn Larder), Marco's opened up in the original Franny's space on Flatbush Avenue last year, and expectations were high. After all, Stephens and Feinberg pretty much put this part of Brooklyn on the culinary map, and ten years in, dining at Franny's can still involve a 45-minute-plus wait, even at 9pm on a Wednesday. But while it might have seemed...

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