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Sharon Pachter and Charles Kiely opened The Grocery in 1999, when Smith Street was home to little more than a handful of bodegas. But even as the neighborhood and clientele have significantly changed—welcoming a steady influx of shiny new restaurants and super cool bars—The Grocery has somehow continued to grow and thrive. So what keeps the restaurant going strong after all these years? A strong marriage certainly doesn’t hurt, as well as an overriding passion...
Prolific Brooklyn restaurateur Rob Newton is truly a jack-of-all-trades, skillfully spearheading southern-styled restaurants, Vietnamese street food spots, and local and sustainably minded cafes alike. But one thing he never had any real intention of becoming was a short-order fried chicken chef. “It got to the point when fried chicken comprised at least 40% of our orders at Seersucker,” Newton explains, of his original, acclaimed Smith Street eatery. “And while it was obvious that the...
Sad to say, but news about restaurant closures barely fazes us anymore. Especially considering that even the best eateries in the most sought after neighborhoods struggle to stay afloat, amidst increasing competition and rising rents (case in point: Arthur on Smith, a critical darling that shuttered in less than a year).  What’s really surprising is the places that somehow manage to survive, like Arthur’s nearby neighbor Savoia (yes, that green-awning’d Italian spot), which occupied a...
To wander up Smith Street is to take a journey through a Brooklyn you can see changing before your eyes. On its southern end, in Red Hook, Smith Street is undergoing a rebirth from an industrial center to the newest residential frontier. On the northern end, it enters the historical core of Brooklyn, punctuated by the architecturally notable Borough Hall and its neighboring courthouses. And in between, Smith Street boasts an eclectic mix of hip bars,...

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