Magnolia Restaurant and Bar – not to be confused with the famous Manhattan cupcake bakery – became a part of Park Slope over the course of ten years. It won’t be easy to replace. When they closed their doors at the end of July a message on their website indicated they were planning to reopen just over a month later. Instead, after almost three months, word is in that a new restaurant is coming to town and taking Magnolia’s place.
Soigne is the name of the new restaurant. Their Facebook page is currently filled with updates on everything from painting their storefront to getting phone and fax numbers. They are describing themselves as modern American cuisine – much like Magnolia’s – but their exact menu is yet to be unveiled. However a search of the two owners and chefs online, Anthony Marzuillo and JoAnne Braganza, reveals that they are both executive chefs for Soigne NYC, an upscale catering company. That Soigne serves dishes such a Lobster Blini and Chestnut Agnoletti. With the same chefs and the same name, it is only logical to believe that Brooklyn’s Soigne will have a similar menu.
For now, Brooklynians are waiting skeptically for the opening. On the popular forum, The Brooklynian, many have expressed hesitation towards the new restaurant. The difficult to pronounce name is taking the brunt of the criticism, but some commenters have also taken offense at Chef Anthony’s alleged comment – reported by Woodsy1069 – that Soigne’s food would be “a hundred times better” than Magnolia’s. Until the restaurant opens on December 1st, residents can only watch, gossip and wonder about the truth behind that grandiose statement.