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Brooklyn Tavern P.J. Hanley's Reopens as 'Germanic Bar'

By Nikhita Venugopal | August 6, 2013 8:41am | Updated on August 6, 2013 9:01am

CARROLL GARDENS — P.J. Hanley’s, a neighborhood bar and one of Brooklyn’s oldest, reopened quietly, Aug. 2., with a new name and a new claim to fame.

The former Irish-American tavern is now “a turn-of-the-century Germanic bar” called “Goldenrod,” said owner James McGown.

After pulling the deeds on the property, McGown found that in 1893, the bar had been leased to “Otto Huber Brewery,” whose brand of beer was called “Goldenrod,” giving the bar it’s new name, a bar spokesman said, in an email.

The 139-year-old pub, located at 449 Court St., has stripped away its neon signs and televisions for an upscale, old-timey feel “… to give respect to its origins,” said McGown.

The interiors have also been restored to the 1890s with pressed tin walls, wooden furniture and sawdust on the floor.

A selection of craft beers will be served at Goldenrod, along with organic, farm-to-table American comfort food with small plates, burgers, pizzas and salads.

The Court Street tavern will also serve gluten-free and vegetarian options to accommodate their Brooklyn clientele, said McGown.

P.J. Hanley’s reportedly closed in March after McGown filed for bankruptcy in February and was looking for a new operator.

They cited liabilities between $100,000 and $500,000, Crain’s New York Business reported.