Marla Cornejo, who owns 5 Burro Café along with her husband, Jorge, confirms that the Forest Hills favorite will open a location in Red Hook at 127 Columbia Street, just a few blocks from Calexico. Construction will begin in early March, and in April she hopes to open a location that closely resembles the Queens original, right down to the palapa bar. The menu, however, will be just a little different: “My husband seems to think there’s a more savvy customer in Brooklyn than in Forest Hills,” says Cornejo, “so he wants to put a few really authentic things on there like mixote.” And expect at least one other thing the Queens location doesn’t have: outdoor seating. The Cornejos will continue to host petanque in the back patio (just like Pit Stop did), and they also hope to turn an adjacent lot into an additional patio that will be covered in the winter. The Brooklyn location will be their first satellite since a brief run on MacDougal Street.
Pit Stop’s backyard now belongs to 5 Burro. Photo: Patrick Siggins