Food & Drink

The Dogwood Is Closing For Good This Sunday



Wow, we have some sad news: The Dogwood (1021 Church Avenue) is closing – and the last day it will be serving up its fried chicken, biscuits, and other Southern fare will be this Sunday.

The restaurant announced the impending closure on Facebook late this afternoon – and immediately loyal customers lamented the end of a business that just landed a glowing writeup in the Times.

In its statement online, The Dogwood said:

 “We’ve enjoyed being a part of the community, but it’s time for us to move on to our next adventure. Please join us this weekend for our final hoorah. Saturday and Sunday brunch 10-3 and dinner 5-11!”

While we are super sad to hear The Dogwood is closing, we wish everyone there the best of luck! We hope these next adventures are happy ones.

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  1. This truly sucks. I was hoping the dogwood would be a continued spread to that restaurant row. two steps forward one step back I guess.

  2. The Dogwood is awesome! The owners are expecting a baby very soon and I imagine as it should this has taken top priority.

  3. I heard while eating there tonight that another restaurant is moving in, but it won’t be the same food or anything similar. I have no further info, but at least it won’t be sitting empty.

  4. So many people have said that about The Dogwood, but I think it’s just ignorant folks who have no idea how economics works. Everything on the menu was organic/sustainable/made in house. The only way it could have been cheaper would be to cut open a frozen bag of vegetables, like many other spots in the neighborhood. We all love Am Thai, but you’re kidding yourself if you think they keep prices cheap by doing the work themselves. Frozen precut vegetables and freeze dried tofu arrive ready to serve, eliminating labor costs, so yeah, it’s cheaper.

    I loved going to The Dogwood because it was cheap, quality food. Entrees averaged $15, and it was enough for a meal and lunch the next day. Their burger was cheaper than at Ox Cart, Hamiltons, and The Farm. Their fried chicken was cheaper than any other 1/2 fried chicken in Brooklyn (aside from fast food joints). What exactly was too high priced about this place? Their $3 beer? Their $5 wine? Their $20 three course tasting menu?

  5. I think you’re ignorant. Not everyone wants organic, non-GMO, local, blah blah blah – especially when it isn’t affordable. Yes, this neighborhood has some very visible rich residents living in mansions. But the majority of the people living in Ditmas Park are still of low to middle low income. It’s a numbers thing: the poor always outnumber the rich.

    If you can’t afford it, it’s too expensive. It doesn’t matter if the price is “fair” according to some set of standards. The money to buy it just isn’t there.

  6. Who are these “rich residents living in mansions?” I know quite a few, and none of them are rich. Don’t confuse folks who bought houses a long time ago when they were more affordable with “rich.” While the houses are worth a lot of money now, the owners only benefit when they sell.

  7. I agree that not everyone wants organic, non-GMO, etc. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a market for it. And in what world is $15 too expensive for an entree? Their prices were on par with nationwide chains such as Chili’s.

    Genuine question: What restaurant in this neighborhood is considered “cheap?” Rocky’s? Visions? Richie Rich? If you can’t afford any of the spots that have opened in the last 5 years, there are dozens of restaurants around here to still pick from. Just stick to Chinese take out and chill out with the complaining.

    Dogwood was cheaper than The Farm, Purple Yam, Wheated, Ox Cart, Hamiltons, Le Paddock, Lea, etc. If you can’t afford to eat at these places then don’t. But the constant whining on here about prices is getting old. Rent is rapidly rising in this neighborhood, and any new places that open will have to serve $15 + entrees, or dollar pizza. There isn’t much room for a middle ground.

    It’s 2014 and the neighborhood has changed dramatically in the last decade. My grandmother always tells me about getting a full breakfast at a diner for 50 cents back in the day. She complains about rising prices too. Don’t fault new businesses for basic economics.

  8. You own a house worth over a million dollars, you’re rich. End of discussion. If you can’t afford your other expenses, sell it and move into something you can afford.

  9. My point wasn’t that no one wants those things, but that it’s tone deaf to tell people who DO find those prices too expensive that they’re wrong. And if the place shut down because of lack of business (I don’t actually know why they did) then it may well be because the neighborhood doesn’t have enough residents wealthy enough to sustain it – or just not enough to support more high end restaurants than we already have.

    Calling something “too expensive” isn’t locating the blame in any particular place.

  10. They didn’t shut down because of a lack of business. This was MORE THAN CLEAR. They closed so the owners could start a family.

  11. I’m not angry about it, at all. I’m pointing out that their price point had nothing to do with their decision to close.

  12. Ok, then I concur – it was priced Just Right for its location. And the food was perfect, and everything was Just The Way It Should Have Been. And that’s why they had to close….

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