Slope Dope: Tempo and Little D Close, Bar Tini and Others Pick Up Mantle

Tempo. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Park Slope favorite Tempo is closing after Saturday night (reserve now if you want to say your good-byes — Friday is already fully booked), and a reader tells us another well-regarded neighborhood spot, Little D, is closed. The restaurant’s website indicates it’s “CLOSED FOR VACATION June 2–9, 2009,” but a Chowhounder who dined there recently says staff told them to expect a permanent shuttering. We’ll let you know what we hear, but the outgoing message mentions nothing about a vacation, and Gowanus Lounge spotted the restaurant for sale earlier this year. Meanwhile, there’s also hope in the Slope.

Brownstowner reports that Tapeo, at 52 Fifth Avenue, has been replaced by a pub, Cyprus Avenue; Gothamist notes that Bar Tono and Bar Toto sister project Bar Tini looks like it’s opening imminently at 1302 Eighth Avenue; and Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn points to a few other openings in the neighborhood.