Spring Brings Openings to Brooklyn; a $5 Soda in Brooklyn?

Bay Ridge: A Chinese bakery and noodle shop called Full Lee Gore Café is a nice, clean addition to Fourth Avenue. [Bay Ridge Blog]
Bedford-Stuyvesant: The owner of the Smoke Joint may soon be opening a restaurant in the former Petite Bassam space. [Eater]
Carroll Gardens: A Middle Eastern café called Olive Vine is coming to 316 Court Street. [A Brooklyn Life]
Fort Greene: The otherwise reasonably priced Five Spot restaurant is now charging five bucks for a soda and residents are flabbergasted: “You could buy an entire meal for $5.” You could, once. [Brooklyn Paper]
Nolita: Botanica is a favorite bar of the media according to this roundup: "Some might argue that Botanica is a place for well-intentioned pansies, just like the Huffington Post." [Gridskipper]
Red Hook: "Workingman's tapas" are to be found at Red's Produce on Columbia Street. [Gothamist]
Upper East Side: A new grocery called Straight From the Market has opened on 92nd Street at First Avenue, and they're offering some grand-opening deals. [Upper East Side Informer]