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Thursday
Dec012011

Checking in on Greenwood Park, The Beer Garden Heading for 20th Street

It's technically in Greenwood Heights, but still certainly warrants a discussion here. A giant beer garden has been in the works for months all the way down on Seventh Avenue and 19th Street, and while there's still plenty of construction left, it's poised to become a prime drinking destination.

It's the brainchild of Bay Ridge native Ted Mann, a restaurateur who currently has a hand in 9 bars, restaurants, and venues in the borough (including Cubana Social, Apt 138, Public Assembly, and Bar 4). He also happens to be Ted Nugent's son, which struck me as worth mentioning.

A couple days ago Brownstoner got a sneak peek of the beer garden, which is shaping up to open within a few months. It stretches the entire length of the block, and will boast dozens of beer on tap, a fire pit, and ample outdoor seating.

Looking good!

Wednesday
Nov302011

Closed for Business: The Great Lakes Bar, 284 Fifth Avenue

 

 

Great Lakes, the ramshackle, nautically-themed dive bar on the corner of Fifth Avenue and First Street, has closed. It's been sealed up tight for over a week, the phone has been disconnected, and former bartender Natasha Metzenseff confirmed that it didn't attract enough customers to sustain the rent, which has grown astronomically in recent years.

 

The bar, which was at the vanguard of the Fifth Avenue revitalization when it opened in 1997, was run by two friends from the Midwest who also own Boat Bar on Smith Street. They kept it fairly sparse, albeit with a few nautical touches, and focused on serving fairly-priced drinks to a loyal clientele of mostly thirtysomethings. The beer selection was good, the jukebox was well-stocked, and no frills were necessary.

 

 

A couple months ago, two giant "For Rent" signs popped up on the facade, meaning that the landlord was trying to sell the bar (or convince the owners to pay a much higher rent), a good indication that it wasn't long for this world. The signs are still there, so apparently it hadn't found any takers before being shuttered.

 

It'll be interesting to see who the next tenant to occupy this prime corner will be. Maybe a barbecue joint, which historically needs a one-story structure in order to properly vent all the smoke, will take the bait.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday
Nov232011

Sweetwolf's Getting VERY Close to Opening

Foodies in the Slope have been keeping pretty close tabs on Sweetwolf's, which has been under construction for several months on quiet Sixth Avenue and 12th Street. They scouted menu items with help from Facebook, built a wood-burning oven and partnered with Forty Weight Coffee to operate the restaurant as a cafe during the morning hours, and now it appears as if they're in the final pre-opening stages, taking to Facebook once again to invite fans to private soft-open tastings.

The restaurant's focus, according to co-owner Tim Judge, is to foster a community and serve as a neighborhood hangout, and that approach fits right in with their Facebook strategy. On Monday and earlier today they updated their page with an invite to come sample the food and drink, on the house, with one caveat: you must be one of the first ten people to respond to their wall post. If you're one of the lucky ones, the offerings look damn tasty. Here was the menu for Monday's tasting:

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Friday
Nov112011

Open for Business: Uncle Barry's Bar, 58 Fifth Avenue

At 7 PM last night, Brooklyn's newest bar officially opened for business, right on schedule. Uncle Barry's, located on Fifth Avenue near Bergen Street, is a roomy, no-frills drinking establishment run by cousins Josh Ellis and Jake Treback (Barry is Jake's father), with a quality selection of beers, some snacks, and very dim lighting.

There's a small seating area up front, a 35-foot long bar, a small back room with some additional standing room and a Mortal Kombat 2 arcade game, and a back yard that'll open up when it starts getting warm out again. The 18 draught beers range from American craft ales to Belgians, and just about everything in between (beer snobs will feel at home here, right along with shot-and-a-Bud types). There are also some specialty drinks, like the Can-hattan (Canadian Club Whiskey, maple syrup, and bitters), and a hot spiked apple cider.

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Thursday
Nov102011

161 Wine Bar Closed "For Renovations," Probably For Good

Thanks to a tipster for forwarding along the above photo. It appears as if 161 Wine Bar, which opened a little under two years ago on the corner of Seventh and Garfield, has closed for some "renovations."

I could always be proven wrong, but my money is on this place never re-opening. Not only is their phone disconnected (never a good sign), the place simply wasn't very good, in my (and many Yelp reviewers') opinion.

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