Beloved old Prospect Heights dive Freddy's Bar & Backroom, the Prohibition-era bar that became an unofficial headquarters for the anti-Atlantic Yards protests, has found a new home. The previous owner of Freddy’s is out and Freddy’s staff members have taken over; last night they signed a lease for a space on 5th Avenue, between 17th and 18th Streets, in the location formerly known as Ellis Bar. This marks a happy ending to the David and Goliath story of the little bar that was forced out of its longtime home to make way for the Atlantic Yards Barclays Center project. But hurdles remain, according to the press release:
"The opening of the doors is contingent on the speed and accuracy of both the State Liquor Authority and the Department of Buildings, as well as the embrace of Community Board 7. Freddy’s still has to pass through various city, state and community authorities for final approval, which will determine our opening date. Plus, before opening, there will be extensive remodeling to flavor the space 'Freddy’s.' We will still feature our popular videos, art exhibitions, live music and a few surprises. The 'Chains of Justice' will still grace our bar as a reminder of the power of the community bond."
Anyone wishing to be involved "in all the mighty work to come" is asked to contact new co-owner Donald O’Finn through the Freddy's website. Get involved, people!