If there was one bar in Park Slope that never really felt like a part of the neighborhood's bar scene, it was Voodoo Lounge, on Fifth Avenue between St. Johns and Sterling. I'd never been there, nobody I know had ever been there, and Yelp ratings were pretty bad (if you've ever been there, I would love to hear about your experience). Yet the "sports lounge" still managed to stay in business, until recently, when it closed down quietly. And according to Park Slope Stoop, a new tenant has already been lined up for the space: the owners of Bogota are apparently planning on opening up a new arepa restaurant there.
The restaurant will be called Wepa La Arepa, but not much more information is forthcoming at the time. I've reached out to owner Farid Ali Lancheros, and will update with more details if I hear back from him. One thing is already clear: this new restaurant will be a lot more intriguing than an always-empty bar whose reputation seemed to mostly involve watered-down drinks.
Photo: Yelp/ Andy H.