Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler are known for curating two of the most well-known street food events in the country and probably the world, the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg. And soon they’re opening the doors of their latest venture, a much-anticipated food and beer hall in Crown Heights called Berg’n.
I got to go and take a few pictures last weekend and was really impressed. Not only did business go smoothly but the space is huge and inviting with an open layout and a great patio area. Berg’n, which opens August 27th, is the anchor tenant for the larger 1000 Dean development, former Studebaker service station recently converted to office and studio space.
Butler and Demby recognized early that the Brooklyn street food scene was booming and through the Flea and Smorgasburg they’ve been able to foster that movement while also building their own empire as well. But the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg are by nature transient operations. They move around Williamsburg, Dumbo, Fort Greene and there was even a Smorgasburg at Jones Beach this summer, which is why Berg’n is so interesting. It’s the physical embodiment of a brand that’s made its name curating the best local food offerings while also fostering an active entrepreneurial community.
With those ingredients it’s easy to see how Berg’n will naturally become a gathering place for the tenants of 1000 Dean as well as Brooklyn’s food entrepreneurs, freelancers and small business owners who want to meet, eat and put back a pint as well.
But business aside, it’s well worth the short ride over to Crown Heights to enjoy the beautifully designed space and eat some good food. The bar has a solid beer selection and Mighty Quinn’s, Ramen Burger, Asia Dog, Pizza Moto and Parlor coffee are all there and ready to go when the Berg’n doors open August 27th.