American Beer Distributors at 256 Court Street is saying goodbye. The news was sent to me over the week-end by Reader Donald, who writes:
Thirfty Beer/American Beer Distributors is shutting down at the end of the year after 70 years in the neighborhood. I spoke to the owner and he said "it's time." he said that he would be open until the end of the year.
They own the entire building. KC Art, Karloff and Buddy's Burritos are all his tenants what it means for them is unknown but he made it sound as if he was just looking for a new tenant for his storefront.
He was telling me that the business was once across the street where the school is now and then moved into the site where Ridgewood Savings Bank is in the 60's when they lost the property on the east side of the street to imminent domain. They've been in their current location "since the '80's."
I know that neighborhoods change and that businesses, like neighbors, come and go but Thrifty was something special because there really isn't any other place like it in Brownstone Brooklyn.
I was hit hard by the closing of Ceol, which had been my neighborhood bar since they opened as Smithwick's in 2003. The loss of Thrifty is like losing a family member.
BTW, I noticed a building permit in the window of Thrifty but it was too dark to read it and I don't know whether it was new or old.
I stopped by the place this morning and saw a sign in the window confirming the closing. It reads:
Store Closing. On behalf of the Marino/Hayes families, we would like to thank the community for the nearly 70 years of patronage. It has been a pleasure to serve you over the years. THANK YOU.
A few years ago, the building's owner was granted the approval of NYC Landmarks as well as from the building's department to add apartments on top of the exiting one story structure.
The addition was never built. However, in the past few weeks, the Buildings Department has issued permits to replace the HVAC units on the roof.
Will you miss American Beer Distributors?