The ever-changing Greenpoint retail and restaurant landscape has experienced a number of openings in recent weeks, here’s a round-up.
Starting at the north end of Manhattan Ave., the restaurant formerly known as Barley (1025 Manhattan Ave), and recently before that Whiskey Burger, closed briefly in July and relaunched as the The Royal. For fans of the fomer incarnations of the restaurant, there are few changes to the new menu, and yes, the burger is still available.
At 98 Greenpoint Avenue, the awning was installed on Thursday for the forthcoming expansion of the Queens-based lifestyle store Lockwood, which is scheduled for a Septermber opening, according to owner Mackenzi Farquer who spoke with Greenpointers about the expansion.
The original Lockwood shop opened in Astoria in 2013 selling home goods. Farquer continued growing her business with two other Queens storefronts selling women’s clothing and stationary; the Greenpoint location will carry a mix of products from all three Lockwood stores.
In recent weeks construction crews have been spotted renovating the storefront at 114 Greenpoint Ave., just a few doors east of the future Lockwood. According to the construction workers, a doctor’s office is planned for the ground-floor, but an open date is not set.
The independent clothing brand Only NY, which has a flagship store in the Lower East Side, opened a second retail shop at 45 Franklin Street in August. The new Greenpoint location will carry the local brand’s seasonal collections and in-store exclusives, and the the opening brings life to the long-vacant corner of Franklin and Calyer streets across from the restaurant Chez Ma Tante.
Ending on a sweet note, Greenpoint’s newest ice cream shop The Screen Door (145 Driggs Ave.) is now serving traditional banana splits and strawberry shortcake alongside signature items such as the Orange Freeze (soft serve vanilla blended w orange soda) and ice cream tacos which come in a vanilla pretzel shell.