Construction on the building that formerly housed El Rey, closed down for Footloose reasons, began almost as soon as the doors of the aforementioned were shuttered. Displaying little time for mourning, the new leaseholders began tearing down the sign to reveal that the new establishment will be, ehm, Italian. Bushwick Italian.
The new name? Mama Bella’s. In the past, restaurants that have tried this sort of “down home” style have failed rather miserably, as is the case with Pasta Bistrot, which favors a heavy usage of Prego/Ragu-style sauce. Indeed, the only Italian cuisine in the area with any clout is Linguine, a business with a “high-class” clientele and overpriced menu that was recently in receipt of a Bib Gourmand.
Although the owner of the latest low-brow Italian restaurant to make its way into Bushwick could not be reached for comment, The Burning Bush has been made aware that the menu will definitely offer breadsticks and chianti, and is expected to open in early November, just in time for fat-packing season.
Written by Genna Rivieccio