New eateries for MetroTech
March 31, 2014
These days, Downtown Brooklyn’s MetroTech Center boasts not only new creative tenants, but new dining options to boot.
MetroTech Center’s landlord, Forest City Ratner Companies, announced this week that Hale & Hearty Soups will open this fall in 2 MetroTech Center, joining the recently-opened Chipotle and the soon-to-finish renovation of Au Bon Pain at 1 MetroTech.
“Downtown Brooklyn is fast becoming proof positive that healthy, delicious and affordable dining is what customers want,” said MaryAnne Gilmartin, President and CEO of Forest City Ratner Companies. “With 100,000 office workers and 15,000 residents in the neighborhood, MetroTech is an ideal location for new restaurants. As the Downtown Brooklyn business hub continues to transform, we expect even more great food options to open in the area.”
Au Bon Pain will re-open its doors on April 18th with a newly-designed cafe (pictured above) featuring 10 stations to organize check out and different product offerings, ranging from coffee, to pastries, soup and sandwiches. Individual tables for customers have been replaced with three long communal tables to encourage socializing. And to celebrate, breakfast items will be 50% off before 10:30am from April 18 to 25.
“With a high concentration of day-time foot traffic and close proximity to Downtown Brooklyn’s many subway lines, MetroTech Center is a very attractive place for local and national dining outposts to set up shop,” said Ali Esmaeilzadeh, who oversees the company’s office leasing. “We’re excited to welcome Chipotle and Hale & Hearty to the neighborhood and look forward to Au Bon Pain’s updated look.”
Soon after Au Bon Pain re-opens, new outdoor furniture will also be installed in MetroTech Commons to help diners enjoy their food options al fresco. Throughout the month of May, modern Adirondack-style lounge and rocking chairs made of eco-friendly 100% post-consumer recycled plastic will start popping up throughout the open space - just in time for the next season of Summer@MetroTech to kick off a full line-up of outdoor events.