Maybe this can be a "Northside Tavern" deal and they can ditch the bad name before ordering a sign
Connecticut Muffin coming to Nostrand Ave. in Crown Heights
The Nostrand Pub is highlighted in an article about some CB8 feeling there are too many bars.
The first item of the Oct. 1 meeting, an application from investors opening a pub on Nostrand Avenue, quickly became a contentious negotiation. The group requested a 4 a.m. closing time, but the committee rejected the request, with one member saying his colleagues needed to “mitigate the development trends in our neighborhood.” The committee offered the standard compromise hours they have developed over the past year: 1 a.m. on weeknights and 2 a.m. on weekends.
Mitch Polo, one of the investors, shook his head in frustration as he pressed for the later hours he said his business model required. Committee members pushed back with worries about noise, but Polo, repeatedly whispering to his lawyer, refused to yield.
After several breaks for consultation and several more hours of stalemate, neither side had budged. The committee voted to support the application, but would only consent to a 3 a.m. weekend closing. Polo insisted he would press for 4 a.m. at the liquor authority despite the committee’s conditions.
Barbara Brown-Allen, a local pro-business activist, was one of three attendees to speak in favor of the project. She approved of Polo’s defiant stance and blasted the committee’s decision as shortsighted. “Any fool would know that in the economical development in any up-and-coming neighborhood, the bars come first,” she thundered.
The volume of new applications has risen from one or two per month in past years to as many as 10 per month in 2012, prompting the formation of the new liquor licensing committee.For better or worse, the change on Nostrand is going to make the change on Franklin look minor.
Too much of one thing is no good. That goes for bars, cafes, salons or barbershops. I'd like to see this bar open up but have some diversity in future businesses if Nostrand is the next ave. Alcohol seems to be bringin' the fear to CB8.
While gentrification is a constant, never ending process, I believe Nostrand's "change" will take place in a much different manner than Franklin's, in large part because there is already a thriving business community there.
I.E. I believe it will take a longer for the present businesses on Nostrand to get priced out, flip, etc. than it did on Franklin, because Franklin had a large % of its storefronts empty or barely open, and the avenue was relatively devoid of foot traffic when the "change" arrived.
A big impetuous for Franklin was a influx of market rate renters (aka young, educated white people) as a result of the conversion of the Jewish Hospital complex. As a result of Nostrand not having such a large development and the other differences I mention, I suspect Nostrand's change will be more gradual in nature.
...but, yup, change is coming.For better or worse, the change on Nostrand is going to make the change on Franklin look minor.