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Whither Black-Owned Fort Greene?: Night of the Cookers Closes

Restaurant and bar's demise the latest sign of a changing neighborhood.

In the end, concluded its 13-year run on Fulton Street with something more akin to a whimper than a bang.

The black-owned Southern food restaurant closed its doors for good last weekend—a month earlier than expected.

The space will be taken over by , which will move a block east from its current location to the larger Cookers storefront between S. Portland Avenue and S. Oxford Street, according the The Local Fort Greene blog.

The closing of Cookers, along with in May and the recent , prompts the question:

Is the black-owned Fort Greene business an endangered species?

Tell us what you think in the comments.

Corey August 20, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Night of the Cookers closed because the owner doesn't want to deal with the Barclays crowd and The Cake Man has since reopened, here you're just race-baiting.
Joe Gonzalez August 21, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I blame FAB for the closure of yet another Black-owned business. I tried very hard to give FAB and its leader Phil Kellogg the benefit of the doubt. But it just is not to be. If Mr. Kellogg was correct that is the "messed up economy" is the reason for all of these Black-owned stores closing, then we would not be having Black-owned businesses closing & immediately replaced by White-owned businesses. Its not the economy. Something very rotten is afoot. Also closed just recently was the Black-owned Hawa Cosmetics Store--along with Sisters Hardware store. Its open warfare against Black-owned stores on Fulton Street AND on Myrtle Avenue. And worse of all a BLACK WOMAN City CouncilmemberTish James is bankrolling FAB and MARP. Both groups brag on their websites that they are funded by Tish James--among other sources. Fo figure.
Ms.S Washington August 21, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Does anyone know the real reason why the Night of the Cookers is closed? I find it hard to believe your reason Corey! Did they own the building?
beverly moore August 22, 2012 at 02:19 AM
With the change in the neighborhood's complexion so does the taste of these newcomers who are not committed to supporting black businesses. I've spoken to several black business owners and they said that for the amount of the newcomers in the neighborhood, their support is noticably minimal.
beverly moore August 22, 2012 at 02:20 AM
With the change in the neighborhood's complexion so does the taste of these newcomers who are not committed to supporting black businesses. I've spoken to several black business owners and they said that for the amount of the newcomers in the neighborhood, their support is noticably minimal or nil at best
bpi August 22, 2012 at 05:49 AM
Tish James has no interest in this neighborhood any more. She has.developed contemtp for mere local office, and she takes FG/CH for granted --- not without reason, as we have been knee-jerk suppoters of her. But now that she's running for citywide office, we are mosquitoes to her.
$weet P August 22, 2012 at 12:40 PM
The owner of NOTC closed by choice & is leasing the space to a White business owner by choice. In my opinion he is part of the problem. If he no longer wanted to tun his business he could have either had someone else run/manage it or since he owns the building he could have leased to another person of color.
Caroline Purdy August 22, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Joe, you read the local everyday so I'm surprised you're still race-baiting the neighborhood with these diatribes (actually, I'm not surprised at all): http://fort-greene.thelocal.nytimes.com/2012/06/26/night-of-the-cookers-owner-speaks-it-isnt-gentrification/
tbd August 22, 2012 at 03:59 PM
I'm a black owned business on Fulton Street and 90% of my customers are NOT black....it makes me sad. I watch the black community go the chinese restaurant, the italian pizza shop and the bodegas which are not blacked owned. Those who complain about black owned business closing down; ask yourself when was the last time you supported a black owned business?
gin August 23, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Why does the race of the business owner matter? Isn't it the service/product you provide and if it's needed and wanted? There are thriving black businesses in the neighborhood and I also think that most "newcomers" black and white would like nothing more than to support a black owned business. I agree ... race-baiting..
DeDe September 07, 2012 at 04:15 PM
It is unfair to call 'race baiting' in regards to this article. It was written on pure fact: many black owned businesses (for they were owned by BLACK PEOPLE) have closed their doors for one reason or another in rapid succession. These businesses were the core of a primarily African American Fort Greene. Their absence signals the end of one era and the start of another - for better or worse. I believe the 'flavor' of the neighborhood is simply gone. What distinguished us as a neighborhood exists no more. A sandwich shop in Carol Daughter's old space. A larger Provisions (overpriced, bland artisanal 'food') in Night of the Cookers. And it appears that the same might occur in the spaces occupied by Sistas Hardware. Boring Bland Flavorless. Welcome to the new Fort Greene.

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