Second going: Hank’s Saloon to close again by mid-June

Second going: Hank’s Saloon to close again by mid-June
Photo by Kevin Duggan

Hank’s for all the memories.

Hank’s Saloon will shut down for the second time after only five months at its Adams Street location, according to its owner.

The Downtown dive bar will close its doors on June 14 because the owners of Hill Country Food Park — the recently-shuttered food hall that houses the watering hole on its second floor near Willoughby Street — will hand over the building’s lease to a new operator, the storied saloon’s owner said on social media.

“After five amazing months and working our asses off non-stop, Hill Country told us a few days ago that someone else will be taking over their lease asap on the entire building on Adams Street, and that the people taking over don’t really have any interest in continuing to house Hank’s Saloon (they will transforming it into a different venue),” Julie Ipcar wrote on the troubled tavern’s Facebook page on May 25.

Hill Country’s owners Marc and Kristen Glosserman already closed the food hall on May 3, according to spokeswoman Leah Morgan, and the new operators will bring in eateries from “very well known hospitality brands” later this year, the company said in a separate statement.

“Hill Country Food Park has closed for the season to make way for some big changes,” the statement read. “While we have enjoyed stretching our culinary wings at Food Park, we have decided to focus on growing our other Hill Country restaurants and will be handing over the reins to a new operator, who will be curating a collection of exciting new food offerings from some very well-known hospitality brands planned for later this year. Details are being finalized, and more information regarding the new operator as well as our involvement will be coming soon.”

Hank’s Saloon took over a second floor nook of the space at the beginning of this year, after closing down its original century-old Boerum Hill location at the end of last year.

The honkey-tonk taproom had just started to rebuild a strong following over the past couple of months and hosted a number of live gigs on its stage despite a challenging environment, according to Ipcar’s post.

“In the short time we were on Adams Street, the bar did extremely well. We were rocking it with packed happy hours and fantastic nights of music, and had just started building a community in a neighborhood that we were told was going to be impossible to make work,” it read.

She thanked the bar’s staff for making their alehouse in America’s Downtown reminiscent of their original digs and added that she hopes to get lucky again with a new location.

“I’m gonna say goodbye for now, but hopefully we will be lucky one more time and find somewhere else so we can continue what we started. NYC you get me down, but I’m not over you yet,” her post read.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Short but sweet: The storied alehouse opened in America’s Downtown at the beginning of this year after shuttering its century-old original digs on Third Avenue in Boerum Hill at the end of 2018.
Photo by Kevin Duggan