Our favorite Icelandic icon was in Bushwick this week, visiting Tradesman and The Well!:
The wonderful, explosive, innovative, immortal Björk was seen at Tradesman bar and subsequently disappeared in the depths of The Well on Meserole St. Update: A representative of The Wick/The Well has informed us that Björk popped in to see the third Tinnitus Music Series show with Vessel, Container, and Noveller. Isaiah David sent us a pic of her hanging out and a dancing video to Vessel!
In other news, a wine bar called The Camlin is about to open on Kent Street in Williamsburg on Valentine’s Day:
The Camlin, the new Williamsburg wine bar from the team behind Hell’s Kitchen’s well-loved Ardesia wine bar, has settled on an opening date. Mandy Oser and Amorette Casaus will open the doors to their new place on Kent Avenue on February 14. That’s right, Black Saturday, otherwise known as Valentine’s Day. But that’s a pretty smart move for a place specializing in wines by the glass and small plates, yes?
In any case, this should be a good addition to that rapidly developing stretch of the Williamsburg waterfront – before opening Ardesia, Oser was the right hand woman of Eric Ripert, and Casaus was a chef at Alex Raij’s popular tapas spot El Quinto Pino. So besides opening day, when it may or may not be mobbed with couples, this should be a solid spot to grab a drink and some cured meats or croquettes. The full menu hasn’t been finalized yet, but stay tuned for that. The Camlin; 175 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Finally, Trash Bar owners are about to open a restaurant that will (thankfully) “bear no resemblance to Trash Bar:”
It looks like Aaron Pierce of Williamsburg’s very divey Trash Bar (which is currently being forced to move from Williamsburg to Bushwick because of a rent hike) wants to get into the small plates business. The owner met with CB1 on Wednesday to apply for a liquor license for a new restaurant/bar in the former Room 63 location. The restaurant is tentatively called Gitano, and the menu features Brooklyn staples like beet salad, kale salad, and various charcuterie, all around the $15 price range. Pierce promises this will be the sort of place he would “take my mom to,” but does also want to keep it open until 4:00 a.m. The latter is good news for industry folks, but neighbors who live in the area were less than thrilled.
The previous bar was apparently overrun with noise, smoking, and fighting. Trash Bar’s reputation, and the fact that the Pierce didn’t mention owning that bar in his application, doesn’t exactly help. But he insists that this new venue will bear no resemblance to Trash Bar, noting a deliberate omission of a live music stage. CB1 has postponed voting on this liquor license, so stay tuned. Room 63, 63 Montrose Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206