Do you work a 9-5 job and wish you could enjoy a leisured, weekday big breakkie? Don’t have time to wait two hours on Sunday morning for a table? Craving some avocado toast and a bloody mary? Lament no more, y’all!
Five Leaves, the perennially popular Greenpoint brunch destination, is expanding to the space next door. Greenpointers reports that the adjacent Sharkey’s Driving School has recently relocated to Norman Avenue, freeing up space for the Five Leaves team to move in. At the moment the space is hosting a pop-up art gallery, but that’s only until renovations begin. Co-owner Kathy Mecham tells Greenpointers that the expansion will make room for a “bigger kitchen, bigger room, bigger bar,” which should also give them the capacity to do more catering. Locals are surely just hoping it will make the wait not quite so long. But no word yet on exactly when those renovations will start, or how long they’re supposed to take, so keep an eye out.
The New York Times has picked up on the War on Brunch taking place in our area, an epic battle between churchgoers and eggs benedict-eaters that has already claimed casualties, including Lokal and Five Leaves.
The article mostly covers what we know already, but offers up some choice quotes from borough president Marty Markowitz: “As many lifestyles as there are in the universe, we have them in Brooklyn and then some…You have the right to go to church and the right to sit outside people-watching and have bloody marys.”
But according to NYT, many locals involved in the church have no problem with brunch. “I like to see young people enjoying their Sundays and whatever they’re doing,” said one local pastor. Another said that “the integration has taken place very comfortably” between the neighborhood’s new school and old school communities.
A hearing on the issue will take place next month.