It was back in December when I brought you the news that Timboo's Bar, unchanged since it opened in 1969, would be closing on New Year's Day. The bar, on Fifth Avenue and 11th Street, managed to stay open for a few extra weeks, but earlier this week the ax finally fell and it closed for good.
Timboo's, which was a combination of owners Timmy Hodgens and Bobby Booras' names, has long been regarded as one of the last of the blue collar watering holes that were once so common in this part of Brooklyn (Seventh Avenue actually used to be lined with them). Now the only ones that remain are Jackie's Fifth Amendment and O'Connor's further up Fifth, which is undergoing a renovation.
But the story thankfully doesn't end here. Time marches on, and Timboo's was just one in a long line of bars that have occupied the space. And another is on its way. Originally Loftus' back in the 40s (and a major hangout for ironworkers), then Steve's in the 50s, then Timboo's, it will next be known as Skylark Bar.
The new owner is Leah Allen, a native New Yorker who along with her husband runs Abilene Bar on Court Street. When reached by email she confirmed that she'll be taking over the space (even though the building will still be owned by Hodgens and Booras), and was kind enough to provide some details. Here's what she had to say:
No word yet on whether that incredible Empire Diner wallpaper will survive the transition.