Southern Brooklyn

KARVÉR Bakery Cafe Opens in Sheepshead


KarVér, a European style Brasserie & Cafe, opened the Cafe portion yesterday on Emmons Avenue. Brasserie is expected to open within the month  next Thursday, August 17th.

The spot — where the iconic El Greco diner once stood at 1809 Emmons Avenue — was acquired by Rybak Development and redeveloped into 58 luxury residences called The Vue, which promised 26,000 square feet of retail space, with six of the nine spaces geared towards restaurants. Today was also opening day for Blu Bar & Grill, a Mediterranean restaurant next door, while the Soup-N-Burger place looks close to opening.

The KarVér space, at 4,800 square feet, seats 120, and features an open kitchen in the Brasserie part. Food will be ‘European-inspired brasserie fare, while sourcing “NYC Loyal” ingredients”, by partnering with suppliers like Liepper & Sons, Murray’s Cheese, Ends Meat, Brooklyn Brine, Orwashers, and Sail Away Coffee.

The Cafe promises “freshly baked breakfast and lunch confections (as well as expertly brewed local coffees and teas) will delight KarVér customers and passersby alike.”

With Sheepshead location only half open, they already have two others in works – one in Downtown Brooklyn (2,200 square feet) and one in Chelsea in Manhattan (7,000 square feet) that are set to open later in the fall. The chain is planning to expand nationally by 2020.

So who are these folks? “Many of the investors were Russian-Americans with roots in the neighborhood,” KarVér CEO and Culinary Director Lisa Brefere , who is also the “food guru” behind Brooklyn Taste at Barclays Center told the New York Times.  Executive Chef Rostislav Kemelman, originally from Chernovtsy, Ukraine, is an alumnus of Bolo and The Spotted Pig.

The menu:



1809 Emmons Ave. , (Corner of Sheepshead Bay Rd), Brooklyn, NY 11235, 718.521.2777


Bakery Café:
7AM-5PM Mon to Fri
8AM-5PM Sat to Sun

5PM-10PM Sun to Thu
5PM-11PM Fri and Sat
(Brunch and Lunch Coming Soon!)

Karver Ice Cream stand (Liliya Bomme/BKLYNER)

We hear that blackcurrant gelato they have is excellent. Let us know what you think.

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