PARK SLOPE — A longtime neighbor of the recently closed Aussie bar Sheep Station is opening a new watering hole in the space that will revive its casual vibe in a spruced up setting.
Peter Cavanagh, who moved in across the street from Sheep Station when it was under construction in 2006, will launch a bar and restaurant called The Douglass in the former Sheep Station space at 149 Fourth Ave., he told Community Board 6 members Monday night.
Cavanagh also owns The Dorian Gray Tap and Grill on the Lower East Side.
Sheep Station closed last month after 10 years in business, but some of its spirit will live on at The Douglass, Cavanagh said.
The Douglass will serve "simple, affordable" food with a menu that will include salads, burgers and favorites inspired by the Sheep Station menu such as meat pies and fish and chips.
Cavanagh is a longtime pal of Sheep Station's owner Jason Crew, and with Crew's input he's renovating the space to give it a brighter, cleaned-up look, Cavanagh told DNAinfo New York.
So far he's added a new mahogany bar, a sleek white tile wall, and a white-stained floor that has a "beach house" feel, he said.
He's aiming to have the space ready for a soft opening Sept. 20. Cavanagh is opening The Douglass with co-owner Bryan Kuhn, an FDNY firefighter who lives in Windsor Terrace.
"It's needed a cleanup and a brightening," Cavanagh said of the Sheep Station space, adding that new spots such as the Korean barbecue joint Insa and craft beer bar Threes Brewing have increased competition for customers.
"Everyone seems to like the new kid on the block," Cavanagh said. "We're going to be the new kid."
The Community Board 6 Environmental Protection, Permits and Licenses committee gave initial approval to the new bar’s liquor license application Monday night. The full board will review the application next month.
Other recent Openings & Closings in the neighborhood include: