‘Reservoir Dogs’–Style Fro-Yo Standoff in Brooklyn


We’ve already noted that fro-yo shops have a tendency to open up right next to each other, but The Brooklyn Paper finds it disconcerting that in addition to Yogo Monster opening last weekend at 115 Court Street, Red Mango and Yofiore will open on the same block, between Ramsen and State streets, in September, “making Court Street the new Curd Street.” Yogo Monster’s owner, Solomon Hwang, who opened his first store in Park Slope, says he only found out about the Red Mango near his second store after he started building it. Meanwhile, Yofiore’s Anthony Shim was aware of the competition but isn’t sweating it, since he offers “exotic” flavors like pomegranate and blueberry. Reaction among potential customers is mixed: One woman is doubtful because “This is still Brooklyn-Brooklyn, not Dumbo, or way down in Brooklyn Heights,” while another says she’s been trying to open a Pinkberry franchise in the area. Maybe open it in the basement of the Red Mango?

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