This Thursday, a stunning recreation of a now-defunct Wisconsin supper club—The Turk's Inn—will open its doors in Bushwick, Brooklyn. At once a restaurant, bar, take-out kiosk, and rooftop lounge spot, replete with an accompanying music venue, the Sultan Room, the project is a longtime labor of love from two childhood friends, Varun Kataria and Tyler Erickson.

Kataria and Erickson have been working on creative projects since they met on the elementary school playground in Minneapolis, and growing up, Erickson's family had a cabin out in Wisconsin, where he was introduced to The Turk's Inn, a fabled supper club nestled near a river right outside the small town of Hayward.

Opened in 1934 by George "The Turk" Gogian, Turk's had a gorgeous, mid-century kitsch interior where tchotchkes, Jim Beam Whiskey decanters, and Turkish coffee service coexisted together alongside steak dinners. "You saw hints of Art Deco design, mid-century modern, you saw '60s Pop Art, you could see it existing through the generations," Kataria told Gothamist. "It really was an incredible thing to pull off the highway and open the front door and you’re in this portal," Erickson recalled. "You’re completely transported to a different universe."

For years, Gogian ran Turk's with Isabelle "Ma" Gogian, his wife. When he became sick in the 1970s, his daughter, Marge, became the proprietor of the space until her death in 2013. Erickson heard through his cousin that following Marge Gogian's death, everything inside Turk's would be auctioned off. "The idea of the contents of this place getting divided up and kind of disseminating into the ether, we couldn’t really bear that thought," he said, adding: "We were on the next flight out."

From there, Kataria and Erickson bid on everything they could get their hands on in those auctions, one by one. "We really didn’t have a plan," Kataria told us. "We went to the auction knowing we had a general purpose of maintaining the integrity of this collection." They managed to win the instantly-recognizable neon sign that sat outside Turk's, as well as the original bar, and many photographs of the revelry that took place there over the years. (One item they couldn't get in the auction, the butcher's block where the Gogians chopped steaks for about 80 years, still haunts them.)

Over several trips, and asking many friends for help in exchange for beers, they loaded up the Turk's remnants in several truckloads, where it lived at Erickson's family's cabin for about three years. When deliberating what to do, it became clear that New York City was the place to recreate Turk's. "New York was the world’s stage, and we felt that Turk's was a story that needed to be told the broadest audience that we could imagine," Kataria says. Marge Gogian also lived in New York, where she worked in fashion design, before returning to Wisconsin to help with the family business. "And I think that was always a little bit sad for her, she kind of lived out her days behind that bar. It felt appropriate to us to bring her back here in some way."

Kataria and Erickson raised all the the funds through family and friends to make Turk's a reality, an endeavor that took a while: Two years to find the right space, and a long time to figure out the logistical complexities of a restaurant, live music, and snack joint all at once. To say nothing of the painstaking attention to detail required to make the interior feel true to its roots.

"With almost museum-like precision we took photographs and matched colors and laid out photographs to match the layout that was in the original setting," Kataria says, adding that Erickson went to the Hayward Historical Society and meticulously scanned every photograph they had. "So when you walk into the Turk's dining room, it is meant to be as faithful a recreation as possible to the original." That includes the likes of banquettes, which are true-to-form replicas.

Kataria and Erickson improvised with some parts, such as the rooftop deck and the live music component of the space. "Turk's did not have a music venue per se, but it still provided you with an entire evening out," Kataria says. "And with the facility we’re creating here, is that we give people something to do for their entire evening: You can come in and have cocktails and dinner, and retire to the roof for a little bit for some fresh air, you can dance, and then afterwards you can have a kebab as a midnight snack. That’s very much in the spirit of Turk's, even though they didn’t necessarily do it quite that way. We don’t want to just make a museum piece; we want to make a living breathing viable contribution and business to Bushwick in 2019."

The Turk's Inn and Sultan Room is located at 234 Starr Street, in Bushwick, Brooklyn. It will open on Thursday, June 27th. The restaurant will be open 5:30 to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 5:30 p.m. until midnight on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday it's open from 5:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.