The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership (DBP) reports the following new retail store activity:
• Don Nico’s Flautas, operated by Nicola Maurello (who previously ran Pasticcio at Dekalb Market), will serve “nuevo Mexican fare” seven days a week from her food kiosk at Albee Square Plaza.
Open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and operating out of a converted 14-foot by 8-foot shipping container, the kiosk was designed by Katja Maas, and the signage is a collaboration with renowned street artist Steve Powers, who will be unveiling a series of text-based installations over the coming weeks.
The kiosk is the first in a BID-managed Department of Transportation (DOT) plaza outside Manhattan, according to the DBP.
• Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, the Austin-based movie house chain best known for offering table service along with mainstream and independent films, has struck a deal to open a seven-screen, 900-seat complex in the second phase of City Point.
When completed in 2015, the new cinema will join a growing number of movie houses in the city that offer expanded menu offerings beyond just popcorn and nachos. Alamo Drafthouse will also offer special events, such as sing-a-longs or celebrations pairing food with movies, to turn going to the movies into a social experience.
• The TKTS Discount Booth at 1 MetroTech Center is expanding its hours and will now be open on Mondays. The expansion means the booth is now open Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. selling same-day evening performances and next-day matinee performances on Broadway and off Broadway.
• Armani Exchange opened its new store at City Point, 1 DeKalb Ave., further solidifying Downtown’s posi- tion as a retail mecca. The 6,500-square-foot store celebrated its grand opening with DJs Chris Casanova and Whoo Kid entertaining customers getting a kick start on the holiday shopping season.
Taking occupancy in the award-winning Cook + Fox- designed City Point building, Armani Exchange is the first of “many exciting retailers” slated to open in the building, including Century 21 in 2015.
“And the store continues the trend of new retailers employing locally, as they committed to hiring 50 employees through Workforce One [in Downtown Brooklyn],” the DBP stated.
Store hours are 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
By Mary Frost
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