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Bar With 'Miami Beach' Vibe to Open in Early February Off Nostrand Avenue

By Rachel Holliday Smith | January 12, 2015 3:02pm | Updated on January 13, 2015 4:48pm
 The new King Tai Bar will have a "1940's Miami Beach Vacation" vibe, its owner said, when it opens in early February. The new drinking spot is built in a gut-renovated one-story building on Bergen Street near Nostrand Avenue, at right.
The new King Tai Bar will have a "1940's Miami Beach Vacation" vibe, its owner said, when it opens in early February. The new drinking spot is built in a gut-renovated one-story building on Bergen Street near Nostrand Avenue, at right.
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CROWN HEIGHTS — A new bar with a “1940’s Miami Beach vacation” vibe is set to open off Nostrand Avenue in early February, its owners said, taking over a 900-square-foot space next to a local community garden on Bergen Street.

The pair behind King Tai Bar say it will be “an elegant, unpretentious place to have a drink and a snack,” with a sidewalk cafe, ceiling fans, chromed diner stools and large windows that will overlook their neighbor, the 1100 Bergen Street Community Garden.

Palmer Thompson-Moss, a local architect and designer, and his business partner Dane Risch have been gut-renovating the place since buying it in 2013, originally aiming for a November opening. They said its name, King Tai Bar, is an homage to the Chinese-American fish restaurant that operated there previously.

King Tai Bar will seat about 40 people and has conditional approval from the state for a full liquor license. It will be open seven days a week from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weekdays and from 2 p.m. to 4 a.m. on weekends.

The new space joins a handful of other new businesses opening this year on and nearby Nostrand Avenue in Crown Heights, including the coffee-and-cocktails spot Two Saints, opening soon at Nostrand Avenue and St. Johns Place, and Little Trini Cafe, a Trinidadian doubles shop opening near Sterling Place.

Nearby on Bergen Street between Nostrand and Rogers avenues, a new doughnut shop, Elsie's, plans to open for business this month.

King Tai Bar is located at 1095 Bergen St. at Nostrand Avenue.