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Beer, Small Plates Spot Coming to Former Oak and Iris Home

The owner's of Park Slope's "Alchemy" are turning the empty building into a classy neighborhood joint.

The owners of the Park Slope eatery Alchemy are working their magic on Windsor Terrace, turning into a beer and small-plates spot. 

Kevin Read, who owns Alchemy along with his wife Georgia, told Patch they took over the space in late May, and hope to have the new restaurant open in September. 

"One thing I think we do well [at Alchemy] is we've got really tasty food that’s not too fancy, and I think we want to emulate that a little bit," he said, adding that 20 taps of beer will be accompanying the menu of upscale bar snacks, salads and entrees. 

"We're just trying to garner a place where you can go and enjoy yourself for a good beer and a really nice meal." 

Read, a Windsor Terrace resident of two years, said he'd been looking to open another restaurant for some time when a friend tipped him off to the newly empty Oak and the Iris, a nice piece of corner property located at 2826 Fort Hamilton Pkwy. A stroll through the inside was all it took: Read wanted in.

He quickly got his wish. He recently acquired work permits to renovate the building's interior, namely, adding another bathroom, and is currently working on securing a beer and wine license. 

While Read said the new restaurant—the name of which he is not quite ready to reveal—will start out serving mainly dinner, he hopes to quickly expand the menu to brunch, and eventually, begin serving breakfast and lunch as well.

Though he realizes some neighbors are still sore over losing the Oak and the Iris, Read said he's optimistic that the new place will quench local thirst for a classy neighborhood watering hole. 

"I think people are really excited to have a place where they can have a beer," he said, noting that as it stands now, residents are forced to travel to Park Slope or over to Cortelyou Road for a similar experience. 

"We’re sort of trying to be that casual neighborhood spot that you just love to hang out at."

Jonathan August 16, 2012 at 08:59 PM
I'm actually sitting in Double Windsor as I write this and would really love to be able to grab a beer in a nice quiet place without having to get on the subway. I mean, I absolutely love Dbl Wndsr and will continue to come here no matter what, but every subway stop deserves a pleasant watering hole of its own. The neighborhood will benefit from having a good place to go for a bite to eat and a beer.
GG August 23, 2012 at 04:43 AM
I'm excited.
Anna Martin Writes September 02, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Can't wait for thi place to open!
cath September 02, 2012 at 12:00 PM
The business before Oak & Iris - which I still miss and still think wasn't given much of a chance - was a deli. They left a cat behind and it was two weeks before anyone noticed! So it makes me think what you are saying is true. Wouldn't the owner of the building peek in after someone departed even if not rented? (Sean Casey rescued the cat!) When I said previously that people want a 'bit of park slope,' I didn't literally mean FHP would look like Seventh Avenue - talk about taking everything literally! Anyway... I hope it's a nice spot (sorry ex-tenant for your experience. Come to think of it way back I looked at an apartment there. it did seem a bit dodgy.).
Curiositykilledthecat September 02, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Cath, Oak and Iris was there for several years--how much of a chance does a business deserve? And sorry I misunderstood your 'bit of Park Slope' comment. With electronic communication, all I have to go on is the words on the page. Feel free to clarify what you meant, if not literally that people want a bit of Park Slope.

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