North Brooklyn restaurants remain optimistic despite looming L-train shutdown

August 16, 2018 By Sara Bosworth Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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The 15-month shutdown of the L train is just around the corner, and people are adjusting accordingly.

StreetEasy reported last week that apartment prices across North Brooklyn have been consistently falling as the train service suspension draws closer. Prices are now lower than they were two years ago, with an average reduction of $250. Some business owners have seen up to 40 percent drops in business in the pre-shutdown preparation, as their storefronts have been obscured or blocked by construction signage and equipment, according to amNewYork.

Restaurants along the L train’s path, however, are staying positive. Trigg Brown, who is the co-owner of popular Taiwanese restaurant Win Son (just off the Montrose stop), told Grubstreet that despite the L being closed down this weekend, the restaurant “still cranked out about 200-plus covers per night in our little 50-seater.”

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Other eateries in the area seem to share Brown’s optimism. “I think when tourists come to New York they’re so excited to be adventurous and see different neighborhoods,” said Natasha Miller, marketing director at The Meatball Shop in Williamsburg.

Some are even seeing the shutdown as a harbinger of new business. “With the lack of the mobility into the city,” said Justin Losh, commercial leasing director at real estate company Nooklyn, “There’s a theory that the bars and restaurants along the L train will fare the best.”

Restaurant owners are signing on to this idea. Ben Turley, co-owner of Meat Hook on Graham Avenue, told Grubstreet he wasn’t too anxious. “Maybe it’s foolish, but our worry for the shutdown and the unpredictability of it is tempered a little bit by the neighborhood feeling a bit more like a neighborhood for 15 months.”

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