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January 16, 2021
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Food + Drink

Colonie Expands to Dumbo

By Lisa M. Collins
Colonie owners Emelie Kihlstrom, Tamer Hamawi and Elise Rosenberg under Colonie's live wall of herbs and plants
Photo by Joshua Kristal

Colonie, the hot-buzz restaurant on Atlantic Avenue, near Henry, is opening a restaurant in Dumbo, at 1 Main St., in the large corner space with soaring ceilings and massive windows that was formerly a high-end kitchen appliance store.

As with Colonie, the new restaurant will focus on locally-sourced, sustainable and organic foods.

The owners of Colonie, Tamer Hamawi, Emelie Kihlstrom and Elise Rosenberg, formerly of Michelin-starred Public, in Manhattan, are partnering with their new chef, Brad McDonald, in this new venture.

McDonald came to Colonie recently after working at a handful of the world’s finest restaurants, including Per Se, the Essex House, and Noma, in Copenhagen, a Nordic cuisine destination that has been ranked among the best restaurants in the world.

The group petitioned Dumbo residents to support their liquor license application, calling themselves the No Name Hunt Club.

Though the new restaurant will hit a higher-end spin than Colonie, it’s expected the group will maintain their emphasis on vibe and atmosphere, with sleek, casual design and great music. Hamawi, a DJ with a collection of 6,000 songs, hand picks a constantly-rotating soundtrack for Colonie.

It’ll be quite an opening for Dumbo, which has always lacked in places to go for dinner and cocktails.


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