Abandoned Double Crown Location to Open As Instantly Hip Boutique-Café

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Carlos Quirarte and Matt Kliegman of clothing label Ernest Sewn (you’ll recall designer Scott Morrison telling us about his Big Mac habit) have taken over the space that AvroKO abandoned after community protest, and plan to open it around March 6 as a boutique serving coffee and what chef Melia Marden tells us will be “simple, light, Mediterranean-influenced” dishes. Marden, daughter of artist Brice, has owned Looking Glass Catering for three years; here she’ll be serving Greek-inspired dips (spicy roasted carrot, Greek almond yogurt, etc.), a farmstead cheese plate, classic sandwiches such as roast beef, and other “simple takes on the classics.” A sixties E61 espresso machine will dispense coffee, and a liquor license is hoped to be forthcoming. As of now, the Smile, as the project is called, will be open from morning through early evening. But we suspect the occasional private parties, such as the one recently thrown for Chiara Clemente, will be the time to truly bask in the hipness.

26 Bond St., nr. Lafayette; no phone