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Brooklyn Public House Closes as Owner Thanks Locals for a 'Great Run'

By Janet Upadhye | January 20, 2014 4:54pm
 Neighborhood favorite Brooklyn Public House closed last week after five years.
Brooklyn Public House Closes in Fort Greene
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FORT GREENE — It was a good run for Fort Greene's favorite watering hole Brooklyn Public House.

Owner Kevin O'Lunney closed the doors to his popular bar and restaurant last week, saying that while business was booming, he was eager for a much-needed break.

"It was an honor to be here and our regulars were the best," said O'Lunney, who owns the building at 247 DeKalb Ave. and still lives above the bar. "But after five years, I just need to move on to different things."

He alerted the public with a sign on the front door that read, "thanks for a great run," Gothamist first reported.

The sign prompted locals to take to Twitter to mourn the loss of the much-loved tavern.

"Oh no! Did Brooklyn Public House close?????????," tweeted Naja Rosa Koppe. "Favorite Burger Joint in BK!"

Other called Brooklyn Public House the "Cheers" of the neighborhood where "everyone knows your name."

O'Lunney, who is in his 30s, promised to rent the space to someone worthy.

"He said he would take the time to find the right person," said Brooklyn Public House regular Greg Boas, who sat for a final drink with O'Lunney in the shuttered bar Monday afternoon.

"I didn't believe it so I had to come over and see for myself," he said. "But now I have closure since I got to talk to the man myself."