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How Covid Helped a Neighborhood Rediscover Its Restaurants

  • March 16, 2021

Like many New York neighborhoods these days, Ditmas Park was missing an ice-cream parlor — until January 2020, when the Low family opened What’s the Scooooop, where the menu ranges from organic ice cream cones to to kimchi-topped French fries and banh mi. The family already owned several other food businesses in the city, including a nearby Spanish wine bar, Manchego, that has a ramen joint, Koko, attached. Elgin Low, 32, who grew up in the Brooklyn neighborhood, designed the space for maximum appeal to young people, with a cartoon mural by the local artist Jon Burgerman (among other Instagram-friendly wall art) and a play space for the littlest kids. January is hardly an ideal time to open a scoop shop in New York. Mr. Low hoped that spring would bring warm weather and foot traffic from the elementary school two blocks down and the “tot lot” around the corner.


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