PARK SLOPE — The Australian bar and restaurant Sheep Station is going down under — closing after 10 years in business, the owners announced in an email.
Sheep Station will serve its last pints at a farewell party this Thursday night, then bid g'day for good on Friday, July 29, owner Jason Crew said in an email to customers sent this past weekend.
"Being a part of the community for the past ten years has been an amazing pleasure and joy," Crew said in the message. "I will cherish the memories. … I thank you for your support and loyalty over the years, but now it is time for me to move on to a new adventure."
Crew was not immediately available for comment Tuesday.
The spacious pub with a cozy vibe opened in 2006 at 149 Fourth Ave. at Douglass Street. Co-owners Crew and Martine Lafond opened a second restaurant, ZuZu Ramen, down the street on Fourth Avenue and Degraw Street in 2009.
A New York Times reviewer in 2006 called Sheep Station's meat pies the best he had ever had, and wrote that the bar's arrival was welcomed by residents near Fourth Avenue, which was lined mostly with auto body and tire shops then.
The restaurant, wrote the Times, signaled “that the avenue may be the next frontier for gentrification in the greater Park Slope area. (At least until some intrepid entrepreneur opens an open-air cafe on the banks of the Gowanus Canal.)"
That jokey prediction came true last year with the arrival of an outdoor barbecue joint on the canal.
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