Tuesday, March 27, 2012

"16 Handles", New Frozen Yogurt Store To Open In Former Joe's Restaurant

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According to the construction crew that has been working on the storefront at 349 Court Street, a new yogurt place will soon be moving to that location. A quick glimpse inside revealed white plastic benches and chairs and bright green walls. It looks rather sterile.
Reader Mark just wrote in to left me that the frozen yogurt is called 16 Handles, a small, local franchise chain. According to their web site, 16 Handles "is committed to changing the way you do frozen yogurt. We're also committed to changing the world we live in, so we use cornstarch spoons and biodegradable cups, and we compost and recycle whenever possible. We also partner with Trees for the Future; every 16 Handles location helps plant 16 trees every day."

Until just a few months ago, this was the home of Joe's Restaurant, a no-frills diner that had been there for many decades. In the last few years, it was run by Nick and his wife Asia.
And for those of you who have lived in Carroll Gardens Red Hook for longer, here is a blast from the past. Does anyone remember Tina, the waitress? She was a real Brooklynite and had lots of attitude, though she was a real sweetheart. I think she lived on Columbia Street.
Here is to all the people who worked and hung out in there over the years. You are missed here in the community.
Below are just a few photos I tok right after Asia and Nick closed their restaurant.
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14 comments:

Jenny said...

This is going to be a 16 Handles.


http://16handles.com/locations.php

Katia said...

Thanks Jenny!
Love my readers. I just received another tip about the yogurt place and have updated the post accordingly.

Anonymous said...

the waitress was Flo, and she was originally from huntingon..she lived and still does, in staten island. she was one of the very first waitresses there and she was a blast and best.miss her. i saw her last summer in the neighborhood visiting. unfortunately her husband passed away young a couple of years ago (i believe 1 or 2 yrs if i remember correctly). on sundays a group of us that worked out at the now body elite(then for your body only) would meet up at 8am before class and have breakfeast at joe's, and flo was always our waitress...good times....

Katia said...

Thanks for the update on Flo. I am sure many in the neighborhood remember her.
Good times, indeed.
Somehow, I doubt that the yogurt place will ever have the same neighborhood feeling.

Anonymous said...

I wonder why they are saying Cobble Hill as their new location. Degraw is the generally agreed upon boundary, right?

Neighborhood mixup?

Anonymous said...

Yes. It was Flo. And Nick had the place much longer than "the last few years". More like 20! Did they sell the lease or move? Retire? They have 2 kids that can't be out of high school. They were a nice family.
The yogurt place seems pointless in our gelato/ Italian ice hood BUT at least they use the biodegradable products unlike all the other quick eat places. Like the taco place and Those other coffee and ice cream AND that donut place. You know. I don't think Momofuko will
Use biodegradable. We'll just see.

Anonymous said...

big store sign is going up right now....i used to work by the one in the east village. its gonna do a killing in the neighborhood...

Anonymous said...

Just based on the stupid-cutesy, 80s-evoking name, and the insufferably earnest policy statement, the place will be absolutely toxic to anyone with normal sensibilities.

Anonymous said...

nick was unable to work there so asia ran the place. it was too much for one person to handle. so they decided to end the business. the landlord is actually the owner of marco polo/enoteca...it is his space (hence..joe's ...)it really was one of those icon diners we really dont have anymore, other than the coffee shop down further on court which is always crowded.at least it is NOT another bar opening.

Anonymous said...

Yes, toxic in trash and everything else. The sign IS HUGE and garish, just like the sticky ugly one on 2nd ave.

Anonymous said...

that sign is seriously out of context. sad!

Anonymous said...

remember the vibrant green check cashing place on the corner? that's how out of context the new signage is! OMG!

Anonymous said...

I don;t think this place is going to do a killing in the nabe - I have seen so many yogurt places come and go. Who wants frozen yogurt? Ice cream, yes.

Anonymous said...

Their sign is hideous!