Brooklyn cafe Winner to open at Prospect Park’s Picnic House this spring

Posted On Wed, April 6, 2022 By

Posted On Wed, April 6, 2022 By In Brooklyn, Restaurants

Photo credit: Chadwick Creative Arts; Courtesy of the Prospect Park Alliance

A new food and drink concession is headed to Brooklyn’s Backyard this spring. The Prospect Park Alliance on Wednesday announced Park Slope’s Winner will open a new cafe on the lower level of Prospect Park’s Picnic House, a charming Colonial Revival-style building in the park’s Long Meadow. Offering baked goods, sandwiches, beverages, and picnic meals, Winner will serve parkgoers through December. Service will begin with breakfast and additional hours will be added weekly until Memorial Day when the cafe’s regular hours of operation will be 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Photo courtesy of the Prospect Park Alliance

Founded by Chef Daniel Eddy in Park Slope only days before the pandemic shut down of March 2020, Winner has become a neighborhood favorite. Guests shouldn’t be surprised to find lines a line out the door when they visit the restaurant. Winner’s Prospect Park menu will feature many of the same beloved items from their Park Slope menu, including pastries, coffee, and rotisserie chicken.

An official opening date for the concession will be announced in the coming weeks.

“The park is an essential resource for our community, and we know that Prospect Park patrons want more food options to enhance their park experience,” James Snow, interim president of Prospect Park Alliance, said. “We’re excited to welcome this amenity and we are confident that our community will welcome having WINNER in the park to add to our other food offerings.”

Prospect Park Alliance began searching for interesting and affordable food options for the park in 2020 to improve the visitor experience. In addition to Winner, the Alliance has brought food options throughout the park, including King David Tacos to Grand Army Plaza, Smorgasburg to Breeze Hill, Bluestone Cafe to Lakeside, and the Mohammed Islam Hot Dog Cart to the Ballfields.

While the Picnic House’s second floor is used regularly as an event venue, the ground level is mostly unused. The space itself is rather small, with only 155 square feet and a total indoor occupancy of 14 customers and three employees, but there is space for outdoor seating and storage.

Prospect Park has been undergoing a multitude of major transformative projects, including a $9 million plan to restore Grand Army Plaza, restorations to the Endale Arch, and a $40 million plan to transform the park’s 26-acre Vale of Cashmere.


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