BROOKLYN, N. Y. - There's a new Viennese restaurant on Lafayette Avenue here, and you'd better make reservations early if you want to get in on a theater night.
Called Thomas Beisl - Austrian for Thomas Bistro - the cafe is one of many businesses that have opened in recent years around the Brooklyn Academy of Music or BAM.
Owner Thomas Ferlesch, a longtime Brooklyn resident, quit his job after 11 years as executive chef of Manhattan's Cafe des Artistes to capitalize on what he calls new energy in the neighborhood - energy that he attributes to BAM.
"It's opening night [of the fall season] and I'm completely booked," Ferlesch says. "I have a full house, and...