Culture on the Cheap
Coming To 85 Driggs Avenue: Donia Cafe
My buddy over at Brooklyn Imbecile beat me to the punch on this one. He writes:
Back in early February, I posted an item wondering what was going down at Greenpoint’s least consistently open cafe on the corner of Driggs Avenue & Monitor Street. There have been power tools going and lights on inside ever since and now we know that yet another cafe is, “Opening Soon”. Donia sounds Italian to me, like a form of Donna. I wouldn’t get your hopes up. They may be “Opening Soon”, but based on this location’s past, it may be closing soon, too.
Methinks Donia will be Middle Eastern fare. Here’s why:
- The permits issued for this property.
- I have found no liquor license applications for this property whatsoever. Muslims disdain serving spirits (which is understandable given their beliefs).
- The Greenpoint Law of (over)Abundance: we have a falafel/kebab cart on Noble Street, Mediterranean Shawarma and God Bless Deli on Manhattan Avenue both; Kestane Kebab on Nassau Avenue and Bagels On The Run, once again on Manhattan Avenue. The latter-most is renovating and will be serving Gyro goodness.
It is only natural that Donia Cafe will be a Middle Eastern restaurant. Not that I am complaining, mind you. My falafels are exploding with delight!
85 Driggs Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222
In any case I suspect the Brooklyn Imbecile and I agree that we hope this place sticks.*
*If it is Italian, I buy. It if is Middle Eastern the Imbecile buys! F*ck it, I’ll buy either way.