When Casa di Campagna, the new Italian restaurant on Columbia and Kane Streets in Brooklyn, started setting up for business, its look was clean and dramatic, if oddly north-woodsy. I kind of like the odd log cabin feel. Since then, however, the owners have added more and more layers of stuff to the facade, at the rate of about one new thingee a week. The place is started to look like a gas station offering a desperate sale on tires.
It started with things like this cross saw. Which was fine. It was part of the woody aesthetic.
But then they added the kind of kitschy Hallmark signs seen above. Which I loathe. They belong in your grandmother's home and on the wall of Applebee's and nowhere else.
Then this gentleman arrived. Which confused me, since I thought Casa di Campagna was meant as a nice, sit-down place, not a slice joint.
After paper signs like this started being affixed to the facade, I started to despair. Casa was beginning to look like a bulletin board. (It may be the only place in the area, outside Marco Polo, to offer valet parking.)
Recently, these ribbons were added. In anticipation of the Fourth, I guess.
In a final graceless touch, a string of plastic, colored flags were hung. Do these things ever work? Do they ever attract customers? I wonder.
I wish Casa well. I do. But they gotta take down some of that crap so people can see there's a restaurant behind it.