Food & Drink

Restaurant Closings In Park Slope

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Pauline & Sharon’s, 597 4th Avenue (Photo by Pamela Wong/BKLYNER)

Park Slope has lost a few popular eateries.

A reader sadly pointed out that pizza shop Pauline & Sharon’s, formerly located 597 4th Avenue in South Slope, has permanently shuttered. A call to the shop’s owner, T.J. O’Connor, confirmed that after seven years, his tiny pizza spot has closed down.

The neighborhood’s changing demographic is partially to blame, according to O’Connor, who says his longtime customers have been gradually disappearing—being priced out by landlords and higher rents. The new neighbors moving in spend their weekends and summers in the Hamptons or elsewhere. He says there are “no people in the neighborhood anymore,” and describes a typical 8pm on a Friday night in the area as a “ghost town,” meaning there’s no one to order his pies that are made from scratch.

O’Connor says he and the other small business owners in the area started experiencing a dramatic dip in business in the past year and a half or so. While Pauline & Sharon’s was rated the “highest rated pizza delivery shop” in his delivery area on Seamless, O’Connor says the fees he had to pay for the service, as well as Grubhub, were becoming too much, “like a second rent,” for his small business.

When asked if he’d consider opening up a new pizza shop elsewhere, the frustrated O’Connor said he isn’t sure and is “over it” for now, but added, “we’ll see what happens.” For those craving O’Connor’s pizza-making skills, he is currently working at Emily’s in Clinton Hill.

Henri on Fifth, 279 Fifth Avenue (Photo by Pamela Wong/BKLYNER)

A walk down Fifth Avenue yesterday revealed the windows of Henri on Fifth covered with brown paper and a “For Lease” sign posted.

The French/German/Asian-inspired restaurant opened at 279 5th Avenue (on the corner of 1st Street) in early 2015. Owner Binh Douglas opened a second location, Henri’s Backyard, at 256 4th Avenue last summer.

BKLYNER was not able to reach Douglas to find out why he closed the 5th Avenue location. An employee at Henri’s Backyard confirmed that the 5th Avenue storefront closed last week but was not able to provide any further information.

South Slope Public House, 426 7th Avenue (Photo by Pamela Wong/BKLYNER)

The reader who tipped us off about Pauline & Sharon’s closing also informed us that the windows of South Slope Public House are covered with brown paper too.

The casual eatery, offering brick oven pizza, opened up last summer, taking over the space formerly occupied by Windsor Roast House, which closed after a mere six months in business.

BKLYNER reached out to South Slope Public House for information, but has not received a response yet. We also asked a neighbor of the restaurant if she knew what was going on with the space. She said she noticed the covered up windows earlier this week and isn’t sure if the business is closed or renovating.

We will update when we receive further details.

 

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  1. Pauline & Sharons was quite good, however that owner had zero customer service skills. I would have spent more money there if he was as good at running his business as he was making pizza.

  2. Made the trip to Pauline and Sharon’s from Sunset P. whenever I could. Seems like the closure of the Prospect Ave. R station was the final nail in the coffin. The pizza was without equal…a rare gem indeed.

  3. I second what Hampton Ted said above and add that the pizza was also much more expensive than other options in the neighborhood. I was not surprised to see the owner turn all blame outward given his history. I also take issue with the statement that the neighborhood is empty on a Friday night…nobody hangs out on 4th Ave, they’re all on 5th Ave where the bars are.

  4. I find O’Connor’s excuses hilarious. The neighborhood couldn’t and can’t afford his overpriced creations he calls “pizza” that no New Yorker would ever eat. My wife and I gave them two fair chances and both times, the food sucked. The rising buildings on 4th Ave have brought a renaissance in the neighborhood and revenues have gone up almost everywhere. This guy is a terrible business owner and has no clue of who is living there and why. None of those people go to the Hamptons. He’s just a miserable human being and the food and service at his place showed it. We’re happy they’re gone.

    The Public House was in a bad spot on a quiet stretch and offered nothing new to the area, faced lots of competition and lacked marketing. We knew they’d be gone quickly.

    Henri couldn’t figure out what they were and were always empty, even on Friday and Saturday nights. Looked pretentious, with prices to boot. The menu was pub food.

  5. I have mixed feelings on everyone’s responses.
    Yes P&S Customer service was gruff, and you couldn’t make any changes, the one that annoyed me was the inability to put some toppings on a pizza without ordering the according combo, even if you didn’t want that whole combo.
    but look, the pizza was very good, much, much better than the typical slice joints up an down 5th ave for sure. There is NO large pie with 1-2 toppings, worth it’s weight that does not cost $25-30 nowadays, let alone for a spot using homemade sausage, and other premium ingredients.
    The same people buying organic chicken are complaining about $4 toppings using sustainable or hormone free meat and local produce?
    And many of us took this same bravado in stride while forking over money at David Chang’s restaurants. notorious for no substitutions etc.. What, BK has to be different, because you’re a local..? Keep dreaming.
    And if you don’t like Lucali, or Totonno’s, or Keste, Emmy Squared, and if you want your sub-par Ray’s experience, there are plenty of those still around.
    Even my fresh mozz/pepperoni from Sal’s on Court was $27 before tip a few weeks back.

    It is sad how many stretches of 5th ave in particular have fallen by the wayside, after years of watching the southern stretch of Smith Street really falling apart..
    Thinking that more reasonable rents, better concepts, more creative resto’s and stores, coupled with more locals actually out and spending money in these spots..
    not the touristy crap along Smith..
    but having lived in both Carroll Gardens and the Slope, I’d still argue that more people settle for mediocrity in the Slope when it comes to dining, more than anywhere else in Brooklyn.
    The restaurants are simply better in Pros Heights, Fort Greene and however limited in selection, I’d even argue to say along Cortelyou Road as well.
    How many below average Italian and Sushi joints does one nabe need?

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