Monday, March 4, 2013

Heart n' Soul opening this week at the site of the former Mama's Food Shop

Several readers pointed us to the revamped space that previously belonged to Mama's Food Shop on East Third Street at Avenue B... (Mama's closed last July after 15 years.)


[Photo by @ThePeterHa]


[Photo by Dave on 7th]

Heart 'n Soul, which opens this week, will feature the "Coastal Southern cuisine" of chef Dave Conn, who spend a good part of his life in the South. Read more about him and his influences at the Heart 'n Soul website.

And here's their menu...



Heart 'N Soul is on this month's CB3/SLA committee docket for a beer-wine license. The landlord of the building also owns the adjacent Mama's Bar.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Could that logo be any more lame?
INteresting that the landlord opened a soul food place and the original Mama's food shop left. Wow.

Krikor said...

Even if the food turns out to be great, it's unlikely I'll come here after the way the landlord/owner treated Mama's. I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Anonymous said...

Them aint Mama's prices!! Thank you Mama's once again, you fed me for many many moons.

Anonymous said...

Heart and soul. Like they have one.

Anonymous said...

Went here. Good food!!! I wish they had a main and 2 sides option like Mama's did tho.

Richard said...

I've been a part of the community and the owner of the building on the corner of Avenue B Street for the last 30 years. If you like you can refer to me as the landlord although I prefer the name my parents gave me; Richard.
I've read a number of comments from people who do not know the truth about Mama's closing. Michael Rosenfeld started Mama's food shop around 15 years ago. He and I started Mama's bar about it 12 years ago. A few years ago Michael decided he wanted to move to Europe. He asked me if I wanted to purchase the food shop. Although, I love to cook and to eat I did not accept because I did not want to be in the restaurant business. It's a very hard business. When Brendan and Jeremiah bought the food shop I did everything I could to help them. A couple years ago when they were running into problems I forgave unpaid rent and lowered their rent. Again and before they closed,I met with Jeremiah and his wife and again offered to lower the rent. I guess the emotional and financial commitment to the restaurant was too much, but I know they tried very hard and I wish them the best.
I don't know if I'm going to succeed, but I hope people will give us a fair chance. It is my hope to keep the best of the old mama's (classic meat and 3 menu) plus some new and hopefully interesting items. Richard

Anonymous said...

Sure.

And beer-wine license, sure. In a short amount of time, they'll be looking for a full liquor license, citing they can't really do business or a pay the rent with just having a beer-wine license. But CB3 and Queen Ariel Putz will aprove it of course.

Anonymous said...

Sounds good, Richard, thank you for the comment!

Anonymous said...

I have known Michael or mama for over 30 years, he was my lab partner in high school. I'm backing the landlord on this.