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Southpaw owner Matt Roff is awfully busy opening new bars and venues lately (hopefully not nearby any nit-picky neighbors). As he works on the Galapagos space transformation, he somehow fit in opening up a beer garden last Friday in Crown Heights.

Franklin Park is a 2,000-sq-ft beer garden (with 1,200-sq-ft of outdoor space) housed in a former mechanic's garage (à la Fette Sau) located at 618 St. John's Place in Brooklyn. Their website serves up all the details:

We're a little less than three blocks away from The Brooklyn Museum and The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. We're open weekdays from 3pm - 2am and weekends from 1pm - 2am.

Currently on draught we're serving: Coney Island Lager (brooklyn) , Rare Vos Amber Ale (cooperstown, ny), Hoegaarden (belgium), Green Flash IPA (california), Schneider Weisse (germany), Raddelburger (germany), Six Point Righteous (brooklyn), Blue Point Toasted Lager (long island), Original Sin , Jever (germany), O'hara Irish Stout (ireland) and Stone Pale Ale (california).

Roff tells us, "we will have food in the near future, probably a BBQ in the yard, and we're discussing roasting marshmallows on a fire pit."