Eleven months after its much-ballyhooed Grand Opening on Union Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, it appears as if family-friendly gastropub PSbklyn has closed its doors for good. It hasn't been open for nearly a week, the phone number has been disconnected, and emails sent to the owners were met with no response.
With a bar in the front, DVD players in the booths in the back, and a game room in the basement, the cavernous restaurant was the source of some friction due to its split focus: gastropub or upscale Chuck E. Cheese? Owners Steve Sohmer and Tom Graziano put lots of care into the design and menu, but the place just never really clicked. It sat nearly empty most nights, and while it did satisfy parents in need of a restaurant where their kids could be entertained, it never really caught on with other types of people, namely the coveted bar crowd (and those without children in tow).
Opening night bar crowd
Most Yelp reviewers agreed that aside from the kid-centricity, it was too expensive, had spotty service, and was disorganized, and while the pizza and burgers were generally well-liked, those weren't enough to keep it afloat and attract many repeat customers. You have to give them credit for a novel concept, but it simply failed in execution.
There was some controversy back in March when an apparent listing for the restaurant showed up on a seller's website. The owners denied it vehemently and claimed sabotage, but apparently rumors of distress weren't unfounded. They also went through several chefs in the short amount of time they were open, leading to inconsistency.
Perch Cafe, Aunt Suzie's, Comida, and Kappa Sake House also closed within only the past week, which has to be some sort of record. This is a huge (and expensive) space, so I'll be very interested in seeing who the next tenant is.