Some sad news from the old-school bar front: Timboo's, the ancient, classic dive bar on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 11th Street, has been leased, and will be closing at the end of the month. A tipster overheard an owner discussing the December 31st closure date, and longtime bartender Betty Collins confirmed that the bar indeed will soon have a new owner.
"It's been leased to someone else," said Collins, who's spent the past ten years as the daytime bartender. "Whether it'll become a bar and grill, or something else, I don't know. But it won't be Timboo's anymore."
First opened back in the 1940s as Loftus', by the late 1950s it had been renamed Steve's. In 1969 it was purchased by two friends who worked together at the telephone company, Timmy Hodgens and Bobby Booras, who renamed it Timboo's (a combination of their two first names) and remain owners to this day.
In many ways, the blue-collar bar hasn't changed at all since the flower power era. The wood-paneled walls are still adorned with framed photos of heroes from the era like Joe Namath, and there's a giant shrine to the Beatles in the back room (affixed to the what I'm guessing is the only extant example of Empire Diner wallpaper).
Along with Jackie's Fifth Amendment and Smith's, Timboo's is part of a trifecta of South Slope dive bars that cater to an older demographic, and I've always been drawn to their old-school Brooklyn, "stuck in time" atmosphere (they're also the only bars around that open at 9 AM, for those interested).
If there's one potential silver lining, it's the fact that Hodgens and Booras own the building, so hopefully the next tenant will honor its venerable predecessor.