Former Momofuku partner Joaquin Baca says that his promising Williamsburg restaurant Brooklyn Star, which was shuttered earlier this year due to a fire, will return at a new space before the holidays.
Brooklyn Star quickly made a name for itself with homey vegetable dishes, made-to-order cornbread and Dr. Pepper-brined ribs. At Momofuku, the Texan Baca was David Chang’s right-hand man, and his restaurant’s quality Southern fare could be viewed as analogous to Chang’s finely honed Asian dishes. When it opened in 2009, The New Yorker prophetically wrote that Brooklyn Star was “bathed in a thick we’ll-remember-this-when vibe.” But a fire in Feburary cut down the restaurant just as it was building its hype.
The new space off the Lorimer L stop used to be home to The Lazy Catfish and will feature a bar run by Simon Gibson of Wilfie and Nell, which hosted the Star’s menu for two nights in May.
Baca’s email can be found below, courtesy of Eater.
Dearest friends and family, just a little update. As you may recall we had a bit of a fire back in February. We have spent the time since then getting the star back together. However, during the delay we’ve had the chance to come upon another great space that was just too good to pass up. We signed the lease this month and have begun the process of getting open. We are hoping to get the doors open to you by the holidays. The new space is located at 593 Lorimer at the corner of Conselyea, not far from our old space. Russ and I have been fortunate to have Simon Gibson (of Wilfie and Nell) partner up with us this time around. He’ll be running the full bar we hope and expect to have. We miss you all and hope to be seeing you soon. Thank you one and all for your support and help in the interim; it has kept the dream alive. Oh.. by the way. The old space at 33 Havemeyer will be staying in the family. We’ll let you more when we know.