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Peaches Restaurant to Open Two New Stores

Is Lewis Avenue on its way to becoming Bed-Stuy's "Restaurant Row?"

It seems Lewis Avenue may soon become Bed-Stuy’s “Restaurant Row.”

Patch has gotten a tip that is opening two more establishments along the Lewis Avenue corridor between McDonough and Decatur Streets!

The first establishment will occupy the old Bread-Stuy space, at 403 Lewis Ave., and will be called “Bar at Peaches.”

“It will be a true bar, as opposed to a restaurant that has a bar space,” said Kristen Amendola, general manager at Peaches. “People can access a full-bar menu and order certain items from Peaches’ kitchen.”

The space will have a television and will keep late hours for those who want to pop in after-hours or wile the night away after leaving the restaurant. Bar at Peaches will be opened Thursdays through Sundays initially, “just to see how it goes,” said Amendola, although she couldn’t give a launch date. “Right now, we’re just waiting on the liquor license. So that can mean as early as tomorrow or next year.”

The second establishment will occupy the old Brownstone Books and Lewis Art Gallery spaces at 407-411 Lewis Avenue. According to Amendola, it doesn’t yet have a name or a concept.

Concept or not, it’s nice to know that that particular stretch along Lewis Avenue will soon again spring back to life. And given Peaches’ track record with the restaurant, we can bet it will be worth the wait.

SemiCharm March 03, 2012 at 12:19 PM
I think it's very pompous for one establishment to occupy an entire block. Their food ia not THAT goos. There are so many other things we could use around here like a gourmet supermarket or even a nice nail salon.
Jolene Halzen March 03, 2012 at 01:34 PM
I"m excited. I really enjoy the food at Peaches, and I think they are excellent business people who care deeply about the community. I appreciate their participation at neighborhood events and particularly at meetings about BedStuy Community.
Maconstreetman March 03, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I agree that we definitely need a nice supermarket to buy meats, cheeses, etc., though I don't think these spaces would be large enough anyway. I don't the food at Peaches is incredible, but the place is well run, so I am confident the new businesses will be too. I just hope the undecided space ends up being a choice market style place. Off topic, I wonder what's going on withvthe Tin City space and the vacant storefront next to Tin City (that building is owned by one o the Peaches owners).
pat March 03, 2012 at 05:18 PM
We need a great Mexican food place that delivers, a bakery that makes great American classic deserts and a place to pick up fresh pasta and sauces like Russo's.
Jolene Halzen March 03, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Yum. Those sound like good ideas.
Brian March 03, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Yes, please, a bakery and/or Choice-type market would be great. But it's tough to criticize these guys for investing more time and money into the neighborhood.
Thrifties Newspaper March 03, 2012 at 08:35 PM
its great for the community, new business creates new job opportunities, now if they can improve the wait time at Peaches I say kudos to them http://www.thriftiesnewspaper.com/
Jad2k March 03, 2012 at 11:08 PM
@ SemiCharm it's not pompous of them, there were other business there that didn't make it and anyone else could have come in and take the spaces but they didn't. Don't knock Peaches for being successful.
pat March 04, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Peaches is awesome and the atmosphere is great. I like taking my family there for brunch. Good breakfast and the clientele is great many nice conversations I've had there.
bjfm March 05, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I mourn the loss of BreadStuy for parents of kids to get together, gather on the sidewalk, with their families for a cup of coffee and treats. So many resources became available as a result of that space - people sharing tips on schools, childcare options, comraderie. I don't blame Peaches owners for capitalizing on their successful business, but I hope that they consider that there are other types of clientele in the neighborhood besides people who want to sit at the bar with their adult friends.
Maconstreetman March 05, 2012 at 10:31 PM
I agree with bjfm. Bread-Stuy was a great community gathering spot. That being said, their food selection was terrible and they didn't serve great coffee. They were also way too small. So, I hope that Peaches opens somthing like Choice Market in the Brownstone Books/Lewis Gallery space. It would be a shame if it just went back to being a mostly empty event space which really wasn't much use to the wider community.
jmunnie March 06, 2012 at 01:34 PM
I third the idea of a family friendly cafe/hang-out spot with great coffee/tea, snacks and sandwiches.
decatur_gal March 06, 2012 at 06:20 PM
I walk by this space and continue to hope that someday we'll be able to go in for a great cup of coffee, something delicious to eat, and hang out for a while. Some good bread and other takeout items would be fantastic.
Raymond Blum October 31, 2012 at 10:22 PM
I also miss BreadStuy but the Peaches Pantry is a good compromise - brighter space and I hope enough business savvy and momentum to survive!

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