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Wednesday
Oct192011

Fifth Avenue Ozzie's Closed "For 3 to 4 Weeks"

Update below.

An interesting new development from the world of Ozzie's Coffee: The mammoth location on Fifth Avenue between Garfield and Carroll (and the only one remaining since the Seventh Avenue one closed last month) has shut down, with papered over windows and a sign in the window saying that they'll be closed for the next three or four weeks.

Judging by noises coming from behind the locked doors, a major renovation is underway. For the first time in many years, there's no way to get your Ozzie's fix in this neighborhood, but there are plenty of (arguably better) options nearby. It was, however, one of the only spacious coffee shops in the neighborhood, so hopefully it re-opens as promised and continues to fill that niche.

UPDATE: Many thanks to Parkslopefoodie for pointing us toward this NY Post article from May; plans have been in the works for a few months to open an outpost of bar/salon hybrid Beauty Bar inside the space. No confirmation yet if this is indeed the case here or not, but I'll report on it as soon as I know anything concrete.

Reader Comments (10)

Do you think this has something to do with it?

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/park_slope_beauty_bar_fifth_open_JBxFXCDj1NyxPhyhV5PNmL

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterparkslopefoodie

I can't click on that link foodie, can you cut and paste the article? I noticed this sign on the way home from the bar last night

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterparkslopeperson

NYPOST MAY 2011
A campy-cool cocktail lounge and beauty salon hybrid — which has earned a cult-like following in some of the nation’s most stylish neighborhoods — will soon share space with Ozzie’s Coffee & Tea in Park Slope.

Beauty Bar — which “features manicures while you drink” in a 1950s salon-themed room — plans to take over a portion of the Fifth Avenue coffee shop, where caffeine hounds now sprawl in the spacious half-block-size venue.

Beauty Bar operator Joseph McFeely said he’s considering a different twist on the hipster chain’s signature indie-kitsch vibe, which has lured artists and fashionistas in San Francisco, Austin, Chicago and more recently, Bushwick.

“There’s a lot up in the air at this point,” said McFeely, declining to talk about his plans in depth. “We’re in the midst of attracting investors.”

On April 25, McFeely told Community Board 6 that the bar would be open until 2 am on weekdays and 4 am on weekends — and the committee recommended that his liquor license application be approved.

Ozzie’s will not close, but it’s unclear how the establishments will divvy up the space.

The new bar comes as a new nightlife order is being set up in Park Slope as the 19,000-seat Barclays Center basketball arena rises at the corner of Flatbush and Atlantic avenues.

Other bars have opened or retooled to attract the sports crowd, but Beauty Bar is — in some ways — the nightlife opposite of such TV-filled venues: Customers are mostly women who enjoy having their nails painted while sipping cocktails with names such as “Blue Rinse” and “Prell.”

Community Board 6 was poised take up the issue at its next full board meeting on Wednesday night.

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterparkslopefoodie

What is happening to my neighborhood?

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous552

Beauty Bar is actually a great bar. Well, at least the one on 14th St

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStoney Stomp

Check out their website, they have other locations in Bushwick, Portland, San Francisco, Austin, Chicago, LA and a few others...

http://thebeautybar.com/New_York/

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterparkslopefoodie

i hope they at least get a couple employees that are happy to be working, or at least have the acting skills to fake it.

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbabyhater

Wow, interesting! Will have to look at their website. Though nothing can tear me away from high dive, lol

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterparkslopeperson

And thanks foodie!

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterparkslopeperson

You can look at the SLA website - there was an application for the Ozzies space "DBA Beauty Bar" earlier this spring. They were just waiting on their license approval before opening.

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter9thstreeter

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