The short-lived "Jessie's Kitchen", at the intersection of Smith and Baltic Street, has been closed for more than two years now. However, in the last few days, the storefront at # 200 Smith is finally seeing some action. A plywood fence has been erected around the storefront, but a quick check on the NYC Department Of Building's web site reveals that the entire building will be undergoing a major renovation with a "proposed horizontal enlargement at 3rd floor" at an estimated cost of $60 k. ( The building already has a two story extension along the Baltic Street side. Obviously, the plan is to expand on that extension on the third floor level.)
No indication yet on what is going into the storefront.
Right across the street, at 202 Smith Street, interior work is being done on the existing commercial space.