In the almost three years since Ted & Honey opened on Clinton Street, it’s accrued a loyal Cobble Hill following with its sustainably sourced meat-loaf sandwiches and turkey clubs. Such is the café’s popularity that its diminutive confines often encourage waits and crowding. But the unassuming place will soon undergo an expansion of Bruce Banner-like proportions.
As Carroll Gardens Patch reports, Ted & Honey will open a not one, but two locations in the Navy Yard. The first will be a 2,500-square-foot café and event space located in Building 92, the museum and visitors’ center that should open in the fall, while the second will be a commercial kitchen and commissary. Ted & Honey is known for making its sauces and condiments in-house, and its owners plan to use the commissary to sell their products wholesale.
The Navy Yard isn’t an area exactly known as a culinary wonderland; aside from an organic grocery on its fringes, its closest food destination of note is Vinegar Hill House. But while the Voice noted in 2006 that “there’s everything to see and nothing to do,” that may be changing. Steiner Studios has brought the film industry and its moneyed masses to the neighborhood, and the Chocolate Factory has tempted many a yuppie with the promise of renovated lofts and views of Manhattan. As the Voice article put it, “there’s both utter vacancy and the height of gentrification.” Kind of like Dumbo. Or Red Hook. Or northern Greenpoint. The perfect place, in other words, for sustainably sourced meatball sandwiches.