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An Outdoor Café Goes Up in Gowanus

Just in time for summer, The Bahche will offer alfresco dining in Brooklyn's burgeoning Gowanus neighborhood.

A rendering of the outdoor courtyard at The Bahche, a café opening in Brooklyn's Gowanus neighborhood.

Construction is well under way at The Bahche, a sprawling two-story, 5,000-square-foot café at 191 7th Street in Gowanus — and if the outdoor courtyard in the rendering is any indication, it will be an amazing destination for alfresco lovers. The double-arched façade is already charming us.

You can see the courtyard through the double-arched façade at The Bahche, a café opening in Brooklyn's Gowanus neighborhood.

Owner Ersin Vurgun, who runs the ironworks business next door, tells us the café will serve light fare like paninis, salads and desserts — all made from scratch on the premises. Wine and beer will be on the menu, though not hard alcohol. (For that, you can head down the block to The Bell House.) Vergun is aiming for a family-friendly vibe and is even designating a 10-by-10-foot outdoor space as a kids’ play area. It sounds like the doors will be open to laptop users, as well, judging from the free Wi-Fi.

All in all, it seems like a great addition to the neighborhood, and we’re looking forward to enjoying that garden this summer. Bahche, for anyone who’s wondering, is pronounced bah-cheh and is a variation on the Turkish word for garden, “bahçe.”

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