FORT GREENE — Owners at new restaurant Colonia Verde are looking for a way to reattach a more than 34-year-old liquor store sign that — up until last week — hung from the landmarked facade of a building at 219 DeKalb Ave.
Mac Osborne and Felipe Donnelly, who opened Colonia Verde in the space earlier this year, believe the sign has been around since at least the 1970s and is a ""
The rusty sign is currently sitting on the sidewalk outside the restaurant with busted miniature lightbulbs and shattered neon yellow lamps.
Osborne said the sign is precious to him, not least because it was the inspiration behind the Latin fusion restaurant's name.
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Osborne and Donnelly are determined to restore the sign to its former glory.
Ultimately the fate of the sign is in the hands of building owners Almat Group LLC, located in Downtown Brooklyn, but Tami Rofe, another Colonia Verde owner, is hoping to throw a party to help support any costs associated with re-mounting the sign.
Almat Group LLC and the Landmarks Preservation Commission did not immediately respond to requests for comment.