A glimpse back in time: Brucie just before it opened in 2010
Brucie in December 2015Brucie, the wonderful local Italian eatery at 234 Court Street in Cobble Hill. After five years in business, owner and chef Zahra Tangorra sent out an emotional letter to her customers explaining that it was time to turn her attention to other ventures. Tangorra writes:
Dear New York,
How do I explain how deeply I love you? Your vivaciousness, your energy, your people, the smell of your hair.......
It has been my greatest honor to be in this relationship with you these past 5 1/2 years. Every day that we spent together was a new adventure. I felt privileged to have lasted in a love affair with such a fickle and fiery partner , knowing that the tenure of our union was in fact a testament to my character as well. When you bestowed gifts upon me, when your inhabitants filled my room, when your critics sang my praise, the world stopped. I never imagined that I could have lasted so long with someone like you, and the fact that you showed me love for so long and love so great has made my life feel like it meant something.
But, as you might be sensing from the mellow dramatic tone of this letter, I need to say goodbye. I need to move on and find my peace, my real purpose, my grown up identity. Every second was a gift and a pleasure and while you will probably soon forget me, please know I will never forget you or what you have done for me, it has meant everything, and I will love you the most for the rest of my life.
Goodbye New York, I will be closing my doors February 15th. I don't know where I am going , but I know where I have been, and it was in the arms of the greatest city in the whole wide world. My staff and I look forward to all the new adventures and opportunity you have to share. While this part of our relationship is over, I really think and hope we can stay friends. Thank you. I love you. Take care.
Oh, you left your toothbrush here, I'm just going to throw it out.......
Please come see us as many times as humanly possible over the next two months! We love you all so much it is crazy, and we can't wait to continue to make memories, dance, and laugh our heads off these next 8 weeks!
You may want to say good-by to Brucie in style by attending its New Years eve celebration dinner. It is $100 per person and includes a prix fixe menu and prosecco toast.
The 234 Court Street location was, until recently, the home of Cube 63, a sushi restaurant.
Many years ago, it was a great toy store called the Laughing Giraffe. Anyone remember it?