Back in April, the Brooklyn Navy Yard announced that Mast Brothers would join Brooklyn Brewery and Russ & Daughters as tenants of its forthcoming Food Manufacturing Hub. Now we’re told that six smaller Brooklyn-based operators will also be in the mix. Among them are Bed-Stuy eateries Rustik Tavern and Grandchamps, Crown Heights Caribbean joint The Food Sermon, Smorgasburg vets We Rub You, and Tiny Drumsticks, a commissary that will be offer cooking space for the Rockaway Beach concessionaires and others. In addition to those retail/manufacturing operations, it’s said that two previously named tenants, Mast Brothers and Brooklyn Roasting Company, will have kiosks at the food hub, opening next year in Building 77. Here’s a rundown of the newcomers, courtesy of the Navy Yard.
Brooklyn Greenery – Providers of unique, healthy and clean food options, with a commitment to the environment and local community. Offerings will include smoothies, salads, juices, acai bowls, and a variety of breakfast and lunch items. This is the second outpost from Brooklyn natives John Augustin and Jason Young.
Total Square Feet: 580
Job Creation Total: 6
Rustik Tavern – Places an emphasis on engaging the community through regular events and partnerships with local schools and non-profits. Brooklyn native and resident Frantz Metellus has owned and operated the Bed-Stuy/Clinton Hill establishment since 2008, which serves fiercely flavorful classic comfort dishes and cocktails with a “Rustik” flair. With Rustik’s eatery and bar at Building 77, he will bring a similar concept of community engagement to the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Total Square Feet: 592
Job Creation Total: 12
The Food Sermon – Founded by St.Vincent and Grenadines native Chef Rawlston Williams, The Food Sermon offers Caribbean-inspired cuisine at affordable prices. The original Crown Heights location was intended to be a small outpost for a catering business, but the pint-sized restaurant quickly attracted neighborhood fans and critical acclaim. The signature Island Bowls feature savory stewed meats swimming in coconut-ginger and spicy tomato sauces. They will also be manufacturing their own brand of bottled Food Sermon hot sauces at the Brooklyn Navy Yard facility, as well as their popular house-made bottled teas.
Total Square Feet: 1,277
Job Creation Total: 10
Tiny Drumsticks – Fully licensed and equipped commissary designed to provide space for small manufacturers, emerging caterers, private chefs and special event coordinators to safely and legally craft their tasty creations at an affordable rate. Tiny Drumsticks will create a commissary option within feet of other emerging food entrepreneurs, promoting collaboration and opportunities for partnership. Founders Benjamin Sloan and Connie Sun opened their first location in LIC and will create a second facility at Building 77 that will be designed with an emphasis on food manufacturing. Bite Size Kitchen, a catering company, and popular Smorgasburg stand operated and co-owned by Connie Sun, and 97th Street concessions at Rockaway Beach, will operate out of Tiny Drumsticks and run the food service portion, offering their take on traditional American breakfast and lunch items, and rotating options from the other commercial kitchen users.
Total Square Feet: 2,171
Job Creation Total: 20-100
We Rub You – Launched as a food stand at Brooklyn Flea’s Smorgasburg selling Korean BBQ sliders. We Rub You is minority certified and 100% owned and operated by Korean-American sisters Ann and Janet Chung, who are committed to providing support for survivors of human trafficking. WRY Korean BBQ sauces and condiments, based on Ann and Janet’s family recipes, are made in the USA with authentic and natural ingredients and sold worldwide. We Rub You will be manufacturing an expanded line of Korean specialties and condiments and offering Korean lunch takeout at Building 77. Ann and Janet are excited to realize their vision of sharing love through Korean food.
Total Square Feet: 2,026
Job Creation Total: 10-15
Grandchamps – Bed-Stuy Haitian eatery which celebrates the heritage of husband and wife owners Shawn and Sabrina Brockman. Grandchamps is committed to bringing positive awareness to Haitian culture and cuisine and hiring and training staff from the local community. The new Brooklyn Navy Yard location will offer coffee, tea, and Haitian breakfast and lunch options.
Total Square Feet: 630
Job Creation Total: 12