Look out Gowanus, a new beer and clam bar is about to grace our palettes with its presence. Thanks to exceeded donations via Kickstarter (which as become the method of choice for making dreams a reality), three friends are combining their love of seafood and cold brews at Littleneck, slated to open in late September. The eco-friendly seafood shack will hit the shores of Third Avenue in Gowanus, with sustainable practices and products dominating everything from the building materials to the menu ingredients.
Aaron Lefkove, Andy Curtin and Charlie Moody have virtually no experience running a restaurant. Motivated by the sheer adventure of it all, they’ve built the restaurant from the bottom up, learning along the way. The trio is extremely eco-conscious, incorporating green practices in every facet of their new business.
They’ve renovated the 1,200 square foot space themselves, with a commitment to sustainable building. The entire interior has been built almost completely from repurposed and recycled architectural salvage — not one commercial plank was purchased. The kitchen will be stocked with eco-friendly kitchen equipment, reclaimed counter tops, and light fixtures (which will be made from old apple pickers and oyster rakes). The dining room will seat patrons on reused tables and chairs from a bar on the Jersey Shore that shuttered its doors in the 70s.
Food wise, they supply Gowanus with delicious lobster rolls, oysters, burgers and an Ipswich clam roll that is destined to be the local favorite. All ingredients will be sourced from local and sustainable suppliers. Local beers will be on tap (to cleanse the palette, of course.) Furthering their environmental commitment, all of Littleneck’s scraps will be composted. Their short-term goal is to use their leftover vegetable oil to power a Littleneck vehicle.
Aside from feeding hungry Brooklynites, Littleneck hopes to inspire local business to operate in the same green ways — giving back to the environment, while providing delicious, sustainably sourced eats.