The Fall Cafe, bastion of 1990s-early-gentrification Carroll Gardens, has been closed for months. For a long while, a notice on the door indicated the place was undergoing renovations and would reopen. But that no longer appears to be the case. The outlines of a new stencil on the window indicate the address will soon be the home of something called Ciro's. Local restaurant king Jim Mamary is the owner. (No reference to the famous 1950s Hollywood nightclub, I presume. However, the cursive lettering is reminiscent of the old Ciro's sign. )
Inside, things are looking spiffier that the raffish old Fall Cafe ever did. I'll miss the place. It had pretensions, as all coffee bars do. But they were low-rent pretensions.