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Cyprus Avenue and Black Sheep Pub May be Closed for Good

Since Monday, both Cyprus Avenue, on the corner of Fifth and Bergen, and Black Sheep Pub, around the corner on Bergen, have been closed. A tipster let me know that they've also not been clearing the sidewalk in front of their storefronts, and all signs point to them being potentially closed for good.

A call to Cyprus, the cozy Irish pub that's been open since 2009, revealed that the number had been disconnected, never a good sign. And nobody's been answering the phone at Black Sheep Pub, the no-frills local bar that has the same owners (and kitchen) as Cyprus and has been open for even longer.

Both bars have surprisingly minimal internet presences. Both Black Sheep and Cyprus have never posted anything to their Facebook pages, and neither have websites or Twitter handles, so it's always been very difficult to get in touch with the owners (in 2012 Cyprus closed unexpectedly for about two months for "minor renovations," and no explanation was ever offered). Because the owners are essentially impossible to contact, we'll just have to wait and see whether the bars re-open. I'll keep on it, but considering the fact that both of the bars are closed at the same time for the first time ever, the odds of them opening exactly as they were appear to be slim.

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I really liked Cyrus Avenue when it first opened. Friendly bartenders and patrons, good comfort food (loved the Curry Fries). And Sunday brunch with Irish folk music was great. Was just a nice neighborhood pub.

Following the opening of Barclay's Center, they seemed to retool a bit to cater to that new crowd. It lost its charm and I never went back.

February 27, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterfearandloathing

The neighborhood is unrecognizable at this point. The heart of the neighborhood, it's families and kids, all replaced by trust fund babies in the Center Slope and urban infiltrators frequenting Barclays. What a shame. New York City getting swallowed up and disappearing before our very eyes. Why do sites like this bother.

February 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHomey

@Homey Unrecognizable from what/ when? Yes the demographics may have changed, but there's still plenty to love, and plenty to write about.

February 27, 2015 | Registered CommenterHere's Park Slope

You mad Homey? Trustfunders do exist, but they don't flock to our neighborhood in particularly high numbers. Place the "blame" on the married finance bros w/ their 1st wives and kids that have snapped up all the single family real estate in Park Slope, Carrol Gardens and Boerum Hill. The neighborhood looks almost identical to how it looked in 2005. Demographics haven't changed that much in the last 10 years - looking back further than that is pure nostalgia.

February 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStephen

When Park Slope was built, it was the wealthiest zip code in the United States. Yes, you heard that correct.

To those who think the 70's and 80's are indicative of the nature of Park Slope as a neighborhood are terribly unaware of history and the fact that this was built as a very wealthy enclave.

NYC changes. That's the point. You want a place that stays the same, move to the suburbs. But please do some history reading Homey, because you sound kind of ignorant.

February 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEd

What Ed said

March 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

Both of those bars were randomly closed for a little while back in September/October, as well.

And, yes, it's the finance bros and lawyers who are snapping up all of the real estate here (like the Eurobankers are doing in Williamsburg). I also don't think I've ever met a trustfunder. Do those actually exist or that that just some sort of gentrification bogeyman that people like to bring up?

March 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMateo

Read Pete Hamill's A Drinking Life for a look into life in Park Slope during the 30s-50s. A rich description of a then, not so rich, neighborhood.

That depends on what you call the neighborhood- the western boundary of Park Slope in the 30s was 6th ave. while Grand Army south along PPW was still known then as it was when it was first built-the "Gold Coast"

March 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

You have to be fairly clueless to walk around Park Slope and see the Wrigley Mansion and the Montauk Club and the rows and rows of 5000 square foot homes to not realize that it was never intended for anything but the upper class. Sure, things changed and buildings got divided up and times were a little rough there for a few years, but the neighborhood was BUILT for the wealthy.

It is now occupied by the very same doctors and lawyers who originally occupied these buildings in the 1880's, 90's and early 1900's.

March 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterIna

Indeed Pete hamil's book is a great read for everybody who likes PS

March 2, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterben b

I heard that it's closed for good and will become a Thai restaurant in a few months. Can't confirm it, but just passing it along.

March 2, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterneighbor

If I recall correctly, there was a Thai restaurant in the location where Cyrpus Avenue is many moons ago -- probably 10 years ago. It closed down to become a Tapas place which then closed down to become Cyprus Avenue. (I may be missing one incarnation in between.)

March 2, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterfearandloathing

The space was previously:

Café Tapeo (Spanish tapas), 2007-2009
Nepon, 2006-2007
Delima, 2005-2006
Kobma, 2001-2004

The latter three were Asian restaurant that probably all had some owners in common.

March 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAlf

Dumb move since the very very good Sky Ice Thai is a block away.

March 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterIna

Do you have any info on the new restaurant going into the long time empty space next to Animal Kind across from Talde? I heard it will be an expensive Italian restaurant. Place has been empty for years.

March 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEC12345


Are you sure about that? I had heard the landlord was just renovating the space in the hope of attracting a tenant. You think they've already found one?

March 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEric

Eric. A friend of mine heard it from someone at Pizza Plus.

March 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEC12345

Tried to go to Black Sheep last week. Door was open; work was going on. Guy there told us that ownership has been split, and that a new bar (without kitchen, as that goes with the Cyprus space) will open "June time."

March 11, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterdbb

may be, it is tme to start new business

March 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTangki Fiber
April 22, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersunny

August 20, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterjin

Keep it up my friend.

August 26, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNauman singh

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