The Colonie team, comprised of Tamer Hamawi, Emelie Kihlstrom and Elise Rosenberg, takes root on a tree-lined block of Atlantic Avenue, two blocks from the East River, perched on the edge of Brooklyn Heights. Drawing inspiration from the history and beauty of the surrounding historic neighborhoods, Colonie strives to support the New York food community by using as many local purveyors as possible, while providing the locals and neighbors with a comfortable, inviting spot to drink and dine.
The idea for Colonie was born from the desire to propel the Brooklyn Heights dining scene to meet the level of excellence experienced by other Brooklyn neighborhoods. From Williamsburg to Park Slope to Fort Greene to Ditmas Park, the borough abounds with exciting restaurants and bars, while beautiful Brooklyn Heights is better known for its charming streetscapes and incredible city views than it is for its culinary options, which are quite limited. Colonie offers the neighborhood an affordable, approachable, delicious answer to its dining needs.
The owners Emelie, Elise and Tamer are thrilled to bring their passions for food, wine and hospitality to this project. All first-time restaurant owners, the three met in 2004 as part of the management team at PUBLIC and have worked seamlessly together for many years, both at PUBLIC & The Monday Room and their sister establishments Double Crown & Madam Geneva.