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Whatever your opinion on the city’s recent crime statistics, it’s reassuring to know that some of New York’s kitchens have their diners’ backs, as was the case late Friday night at Bergen Hill (387 Court Street, Brooklyn; 718-858-5483,) the popular seafood-focused small plates restaurant in Carroll Gardens. According to Chef Andrew D’Ambrosi, a man entered the restaurant to use the bathroom and attempted to walk out with a patron’s wallet. Before the man could make his way to the door, kitchen staff apprehended the would-be burglar and confiscated the wallet. D’Ambrosi thanked his staff on Facebook, and tells the Voice that staff released the thief once they recovered the wallet, adding, “The police came later as it happened, so fast the staff had no time to call. I’m assuming a bystander or customer made that call.”
D’Ambrosi is busy getting ready to open two new venues: tiki-inspired Mother of Pearl, and a vegan restaurant called Avant Garden, both slated to open within the next few months.