FORT GREENE — The popular Brooklyn Public House is set to reopen in coming weeks under new ownership, but bargoers will find the space and the menu largely the same.
New owner Ivan Spence, a Fort Greene local who owns three bars in Manhattan, is making minor changes to the pub's interior at 247 Dekalb Ave and was recently approved for a liquor license, according to the State Liquor Authority. He will co-own the pub with Kieran McNamara, who was his childhood friend in Belfast, Ireland.
He is hoping to reopen in the next couple of weeks, and said out of respect to previous owner Kevin O'Lunney — who shuttered the beloved pub last December to take a "much-needed break" — he plans to conserve the menu, look and feel of the bar. He also invited former staff members back to work at the friendly pub.
"We were regular patrons and friends of Kevin's," she said. "We plan to take care of the place and respect what he built."
Spence added that there wasn't much to change in the building that's still owned by O'Lunney, "except the wallpaper."
For updates on the pub's opening follow the Brooklyn Public House Facebook page.