Hanks Saloon is being revived on the New Brooklyn Meals Corridor
Last year it was announced that the popular Boerum Hill dive bar Hank’s Saloon will be closing in late 2018 for the usual reasons (a new developer planning to “build big”). But as worshipers of the Drowned God might say that what is dead can never die – and so it is with Hank’s Saloon, which is now being revived as part of a new food hall in Brooklyn.
The Times reports today that Hank’s will be given a second life as part of the Hill Country Food Park at 345 Adams Street in downtown Brooklyn. The 10,000-square-foot space that was previously exclusively home to the Hill Country Barbecue Market is expanding into a collection of food stations that will include stalls selling coffee, breakfast tacos, Texas barbecue, pizza, and Tex-Mex food (and, of course, Hill County Barbecue).
The reconstructed Hank’s will occupy the second floor and will have “snacks and craft beer on tap”. They wrote about the move on Facebook:
Earlier this year, an established (great) Brooklyn company (not that far away) heard of Hank’s Saloon’s plight of losing our beloved space to developers. They reached out to me and kindly offered me a place to move into and enjoy some more honky tonk years. A bar, a stage and a high-end sound system are already in place and only minor renovations need to be carried out. We’re still working on details, but it looks like we’ll be in the neighborhood with a slightly larger capacity in the near future!
We’ll never be able to recreate Hanks the way it is now, and neither should we. Hank’s Saloon at 46 Third Ave will go down in history as a very special place. But we look forward to moving our family to a new corner and continuing to support the local community and live music here in Brooklyn.
It’s just like Bruce Springsteen said, “Everything dies baby that’s a fact / but maybe everything that dies one day will come back as a tourist attraction.” Hey, it’s still way better than what happened to CBGB.
To update: Hanks Saloon owner, Julie Ipcar, posted the following statement on Facebook which sheds more light on the decision to move to Hill Country Food Park: