Smith Street hotspot Battersby is moving to Court Street near the corner of 1st Place, replacing Vinzee’s Magic Fountain.
The newer, bigger Battersby is scheduled to open Thanksgiving week. Chef Walker Stern told South Brooklyn Post that he and co-chef Joe Ogrodnek are shooting for a soft-opening on Monday and a grand opening on the Friday after Thanksgiving, if all goes well.
Stern said that the Court Street location, featuring hand-made wooden interiors and a gut-renovation, will feature all-new menu items.
“In the same style,” Stern said.
Food critics and neighborhood folks alike have eagerly awaited the opening of the much larger corner space for Battersby, which took the food world by storm when it opened, quietly, in a tiny space on Smith Street in 2011. Food writer Adam Platt of New York Magazine called it the best of new Brooklyn Food in 2013.
The new restaurant, in the space formerly occupied by the unpopular hamburger joint Vinzee’s Magic Fountain, on Court Street at the corner of 1st Place, could make the forever sleepy corner sleepy no more.
The space looks absolutely lovely, with lots of hand-carved wood, dark brown banquettes, wooden tables and chairs, a few nice old-fashioned metal chandeliers… exposed brick… you get the drift. It’ll be cozy. The chefs replaced the bright white exterior paint of Vinzees with a deep chocolate brown.
The 600-square-foot garden, surrounded by a short wall (seen above) — controversial when owner Joe paved it over a few years back — does not look finished, and it would make sense if the owners waited till Spring to work on that.
Battersby made a critical smash hit when it opened in half of the former Patois, with writers and reviewers swooning over the kale salad, a pasta featuring sea urchin, oxtail served with creamy light pureed potatoes and etc.
Not far after their 2012 opening, The New Yorker magazine said Battersby served some of Brooklyn’s “most exciting and accomplished food.”
The guys at Adell’s gourmet bodega (the shop is actually called Beeeeeeer for its vast selection of imported and craft bottle beers), said they heard that the Battersby chefs are using proceeds from their cookbook deal to open the new location. But that’s unconfirmed.