Today, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership announced the opening of two new food concessions that will bring outdoor dining to Downtown Brooklyn’s public spaces. At Albee Square, “Al B’s” opens for business this week, and “Willo B’s” will be landing at Willoughby Plaza by the end of October.
Designed in collaboration with award-winning firm WXY and fabricated by local company Renz+Oei, the kiosks not only function as purveyors of food and beverages, but also enhance the neighborhood with their striking design incorporating bold blocks of color and diagonal stripes.
Working alongside DBP’s operations team, the structures were created specifically for Downtown Brooklyn with a view to branding the neighborhood and providing a template for future street furniture. In addition to the kiosks, DBP is also implementing a host of upgrades to both plazas, including additional seating, market umbrellas, and festive Tivoli lights.
“The kiosks are a welcome and vibrant addition to our neighborhood, offering new food options and a great focal point for our plazas,” said Downtown Brooklyn Partnership President Regina Myer. “Over the years, Downtown Brooklyn has transformed into a true 24-hour community, as a leading office hub with a robust residential community and some of the city’s most popular cultural and dining destinations. Offering a new way to eat out in the area, these kiosks are just the latest signal that Downtown Brooklyn is at the cutting edge in New York City.”
“Designed with the extroverted personality of Downtown Brooklyn in mind, these kiosks say “OPEN” with their distinctive bi-fold openings, jumpstarting a new chapter in Downtown Brooklyn’s plazas,” Said Claire Weisz, principal WXY.
The kiosks will be open M-F from 7AM-10PM and will be operated by Benvenuto Café, which has significant experience with outdoor kiosks in Flatiron and Astor Place. Willo B’s will offer Mediterranean-inspired fare, while Al B’s will serve grill food as well as beer and wine. Both locations will also serve breakfast.