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Food + Drink

Naidre’s on Henry now Maybelle’s

By Lisa M. Collins

I had the pleasure of talking with Ryan James Miller Gonzalez, the chef and new owner of the former Naidre’s, as he and his team were working to re-open their new cafe, Maybelle’s, at Henry and Sackett in Carroll Gardens. Ryan and his wife, Sarah Lovett, purchased the business on Jan. 12. Ryan says Maybelle’s will hold a soft launch on Thursday, Jan. 20, with a full opening on Friday, Jan. 21.

“We have a couple hundred regulars who come in here once a day, some twice or three times,” Ryan says. “We’re ready to open and start serving them again.”

Gone will be the large fridge on the left holding drinks, Ryan says, as he and Sarah want the space as open as possible. The breakfast menu will stay the same, but a new lunch menu will launch. Ryan was the chef of Naidre’s since April 2010, and is to thank for the lovely soups found there. He’ll continue with such delights as pineapple-jalepeno gazpacho, he said.

The new crew, including Sinclair and Drew, from Naidre’s, were installing a nice new Synesso coffee machine. Maybelle’s will serve Heliconias coffee, produced by Intelligencia Coffee, and coming from a single Columbian farmer.

“It hits your nose,” Ryan says.

Ryan says he and Sarah have applied for a liquor license. “Then I’ll really show Brooklyn what I can do,” he says.

Ryan’s got a passion for breakfast and eggs. He says he was a breakfast chef for nine years, first at a truck stop on the Indiana/Ohio border, then at an IHOP owned by Jordanians in Toledo, Ohio, who bought only the freshest produce, he says.

“Of the 101 ways to cook an egg, I know 40,” Ryan says. “And I know them off the back of my head.”

Meanwhile, Naidre’s owner Janice Pullicino will continue to operate Naidre’s in Park Slope, across the street from PS 321.


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Readers' Comments


Tom
January 21, 2011
2:11 PM

Do they accept CREDIT CARDS ?

Please we need legitimate business that pay their taxes

Mika
January 16, 2011
2:33 PM

Carroll Gardens Patch online states that the lease was bought out. But who cares? Naidre’s sucked!

Janice Pullicino
January 16, 2011
2:39 AM

Hi Lisa,

I do believe your title said it all. Naidre’s, at least in Carroll Gardens, is no more.

I took over the place from the original Naidre 3-1/2 years ago, both cafes, there and in Park Slope. At that time, Naidre’s was indeed under new ownership. I kept the name, the menu, etc.. However, this is not a change of ownership. Naidre’s in CG is closed, and a new restaurant is opening in the space.

If you check out our Facebook page, there is a more full explanation of why I had to choose to close one of them. Simply, it was a choice of having a life vs working 7 days a week… running two restaurants is simply too much work for this gal!

I am writing you, so as to dispel any misperception that the new place opening up is yet another incarnation of Naidre’s. Naidre’s is alive and well, and living in Park Slope only now.

We wish the owners of Maybelle’s much success, but please let’s be clear that it’s not a ‘new Naidre’s’ or that Naidre’s is under new ownership, as I have an ongoing business under that name in Park Slope.

Kind regards,
Janice Pullicino
Owner, Naidre’s Cafe