Monday, September 23, 2013


The next incarnation for 3021 Fort Hamilton Parkway is a vegetarian Mediterranean restaurant/cafe. Construction is in the very early stages.


If these walls could talk.... They can't, but graduates of Immaculate Heart of Mary School can. They responded to my question about what used to be in this space. My thanks to all of them.

The building, located between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets, was constructed in 1931. In the 1950s, the Chaousy family purchased it. Chaousy's Pharmacy occupied the storefront from the 1950s until 1972. In the 1980s, Miss Janet's Dance Studio used the space, until she moved it to Church Ave. and E. 4th Street. A bakery was next, for a year or two. It may have been a pottery place in the 1970s or 80s.

After that, Zyl-Art operated there until the mid-1990s; Nicky and Maryanne decorated eyeglasses and sunglasses there. Pit Stop, red-haired Barbara's candy and grocery store, rented the space for a year (two years? longer?), and then the owner of the building converted it to an office for his own use.

In May 2012, Robin Chaousy (IHM School, Class of 1965) sold the building to Richard A. Prins for $1,325,000. He put the space up for rent in August 2012. Mr. Prins let it be used as a temporary art gallery from May 2013 to June 2013 while he looked for a tenant.


The other restaurant under construction is Fina Pizza. It's going to replace Maria's Pizzeria at 3007 Fort Hamilton Parkway, also between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets. This building was also constructed in 1931. Not much progress has been made since the "Coming Soon, Brick Oven Pizza - Beer - Wine" sign was hung in April.