NY Daily News- Made in old-school Brooklyn: Mom-and-pop eateries vie for slice of artisanal food craze
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Homegrown Brooklynites born into local family-run restaurants and grub shops are vying for their slice of the artisanal food craze - as newcomer epicures cash in on the borough’s name. Popular Brooklyn-themed snacks like Brooklyn Salsa Company’s chip dip are made by savvy well-connected outsiders who moved to Kings County. But two grocery stores - Super Foodtown on Fulton Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Foodtown on 3rd Avenue in Bay Ridge - are spreading locavore love giving room on their shelves to any Brooklyn business with a tasty product to sell. “It is not easy to get your products into large chains, but we have to give people the benefit of the doubt and help them,” said Foodtown chain co-owner Noah Katz. “We don’t say no to any local vendor. We put them on the shelf and let the customer decide.” Katz’s newest partnerships is with Abu’s Homestyle Bakery, a black Muslim owned shop on Fulton Street, selling $3.99 bean pies and $2.99 vegan carrot cakes in Super Foodtown which is a few blocks away.“We want to make this a staple dessert. We want to elevate the bean pie to the lofty heights of a sweet potato pie,” said Idris Braithwaite, 40, whose dad opened the bakery 11-years-ago. Click here to read more from NY Daily News!