Naturally Inspired: Locavore Restaurant Opens on Classon

Alice’s Arbor (549 Classon Ave off Fulton St) – a bar and restaurant with adjoining gourmet market – offers a warm and comfortable atmosphere featuring recycled and re-purposed natural materials in its décor. The gourmet market will feature fresh produce from local farms, artisanal American cheeses and cured meats, soups, sandwiches and salads, organic packaged goods and Blue Marble ice cream!

Stephan Gerville-Reache and Dimitri Vlahakis, who owned and operated the popular restaurant Esperanto and the bar Baraza, have teamed up with Chef Mike Franzetti and Richard Cadet in this venture. Richard and Mike are the two residents of the area but they all loved the vibe of Bed-Stuy and Clinton Hill and decided this would be the ideal neighborhood to pursue their passion for delicious local food. Richard said, “We all felt that the neighborhood needed a place that served great food using quality ingredients.”

Chef Franzetti has worked under renowned Chefs Jean Louis Paladin and Jonathan Waxman. His resume includes Stuzzicheria, Lupa, Chestnut, Washington Park, Palladin and local Prospect Heights restaurant, Dean Street. He has honed his skills in the European tradition and is now using them to pursue his main interest: authentic, seasonal, full-flavored American dishes with an emphasis on farm-to-table fare. He shared with us a sneak peek of the menu and here are a few entrees you’ll want to try: pork roulade, Maitake (hen of the woods), mushroom sausage with roasted shallot vinaigrette, and crab cakes crusted with kataifi with tarragon and lemon.

The gourmet market is opened today for customers, but we’ll have to wait until the first week of May when the restaurant opens to get the whole dining experience.

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Categories: Fresh Food, Local Produce, Organic

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