Restaurateur Russell Norman watched Brooklyn change from industrial backwater to New York’s coolest borough – and took inspiration for his London restaurants

I spoke to friends in New York after the election, and they are still reeling. But the city, and particularly Brooklyn, seems to operate in a cultural and political bubble, which I hope will protect them from suggestions of wall-building and immigrant-expelling.

It was in the late 1990s that I wandered across the East river to Brooklyn. There was a really interesting culinary scene there, with individuals interested in esoteric, niche aspects of the food world. Because rents were low, they were able to open their tea shop, burrito place or oyster bar.

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Source: The Guardian

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