Brooklyn Tavern P.J. Hanley's to Reopen With New Name

By Nikhita Venugopal on May 22, 2013 9:01am 

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 The Carroll Gardens bar will reopen with a new name after closing temporarily in March.
P.J. Hanley's Returns as 'Ryan's'
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CARROLL GARDENS — We’ll drink to that.

P.J. Hanley’s, one of Brooklyn’s oldest bars, is set to return soon under a new name after filing for bankruptcy protection earlier this year.

The 139-year-old pub at 449 Court St., will reopen with its original name “Ryan’s” in the coming months, the Brooklyn Paper reported after Deborah Hanley, former landlord and operator of the watering-hole, confirmed the news to them.

The bar reportedly closed quietly in March after owner James McGown filed for Chapter 11 in February and was looking for a new operator. They cited liabilities between $100,000 and $500,000, Crain's New York Business reported.

In recent months, P.J. Hanley’s has been shuttered with brown paper covering its windows and a chalkboard note thanking customers for their patronage, signed “With love from the P.J. Hanley’s Staff.”

“He’s been paying the rent and doing whatever it is he has to do,” Hanley told the Brooklyn Paper, adding that she and McGown were still battling in court over building repairs.

McGown, current president of P.J. Hanley’s Corp who bought the bar eight years ago, decided to change the name back to its old title, Hanley said.

P.J. Hanley’s Corp., did not return requests for comment.

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