BROOKLYN — A three-level bar, restaurant and sports fan hang-out is expected to open this year directly across from the Barclays Center, opening up more than 12,000 square feet of space for “true fans,” its backers and the building’s owner said.
Kings Town will begin renovations soon at 166 Flatbush Ave., located within eyesight of the sports arena, according to owner Michael Pintchik. The space will become a gastro pub, he said, with high-quality dining that is “three steps above” what one usually finds at a sports bar.
“For someone who’s totally not involved and interested in sports, it will still be a destination,” he said.
But the focus will definitely be sports at Kings Town, which is backed by partners of Professor Thom’s in the East Village and Sek’end Sun in Astoria, according to a report in the Commercial Observer. The bar’s motto is “by true fans for true fans,” according to marketing posts online and in commercials during Islanders games.
The bar and restaurant will include a 5,000-square-foot rooftop with direct views of the Barclays Center and an old-fashioned billboard sign similar to the one found on the roof of Silvercup Studios in Long Island City, Pintchik said; the website for Kings Town features images of the bar with a Kentile Floors-esque sign perched on top.
“It’s going to be very dramatic,” he said.
Renovations in the space could wrap up as soon as five or six months from now, Pintchik said, though there is no firm opening date yet.
The gastro pub is not the only new restaurant opening in the building. A new “speak-easy sushi bar” is planning to move into the basement of 166 Flatbush Ave. this year, as well.