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Kent Avenue Curiosity to Bring the Mediterranean to Williamsburg

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Even in a neighborhood known for stalled and empty new construction, Williamsburg's 291 Kent Avenue stands out from the pack. It has a funky design that bulges out towards the East River, and unlike other ghost buildings in the 'Burg, 291 Kent harbors no condo aspirations. The building has sat finished for a while now, another big empty retail space waiting for the Kent Avenue population boom to make it a hot commodity. Mission accomplished! The Brooklyn Paper reports that the owners of Noho's Il Buco will open a Mediterranean-style bakery/market/trattoria called Pan Y Rosas on Kent Avenue in April, and a community board agenda pinpoints the address as, yep, 291 Kent.

An online listing says the building is 6,200 square feet, and the owners say they're also planning a roof deck. The East River ain't the Mediterranean, but that won't stop the new wave of Williamsburg waterfront residents from enjoying "the best Pecorino known to man made by two sisters, fifth generation, from the hills of Umbria, that’s totally biodynamic."
· Ecci pane! Italian food gods to open bakery on Kent Ave [Brooklyn Paper]
· Listing: 291 Kent Avenue [LoopNet]