Eat Greenpoint is a restaurant at 124 Meserole Ave. that specializes in local, organic food. It was also once a coffee shop and a record store, and Colon said he is looking to transform the space again—this time into a pottery studio.
Colon began working at Eat Greenpoint in 2006. At that time, the space was still a coffee shop. “I took it over and started working with local food to come up with the restaurant we have now,” he said.
However, he wasn’t quite finished converting the space.
After returning from a trip to Europe in 2010, Colon said he had the opportunity to learn about the art of pottery in Amsterdam. “It’s an ancient craft,” Colon said, who confessed his love for clay. “Does it take a ton of practice? Yes,” Colon said. “But it’s a lifetime of learning, and anybody can do it.”
Colon said that his hope for Eat Greenpoint is to combine the two uses into one space, with a new art studio and the opportunity to take pottery classes in the restaurant’s courtyard.
With a focus on fundraising, Colon said he has a campaign on Small Knot that has raised a few thousand dollars. He hopes these funds will help purchase a kiln and other supplies that will be used for the classes. Colon said that he would also like to sell his and other pottery artists' works at the reorganized location.
“I like making things, and I think it shouldn’t stop at food,” he said.
All of the food served at Eat Greenpoint is locally grown, and the furniture, plates and fixtures are also made by local artists, according to Colon.
For now, Colon said they are still working on fundraising as well as adding new details to the revised space.
If you would like to learn more about Eat Greenpoint, visit their website at eatgreenpoint.com. And if you would like to contribute to their fundraising campaign, visit smallknot.com/eat-greenpoint