Putnam's, at 419 Myrtle Avenue and the corner of Clinton Avenue in Clinton Hill, will open in a week or so. The restaurant has been described as a "gastropub" at Community Board 2 meetings, and with a reported 100 seats plus another 70 patio spots, it's definitely a gastro-juggernaut. Renovations began late last year, and revealed cast-iron columns and exposed brick; architect Daniel O'Connor supplemented the space with semi-enclosed booths, wood paneling, and a long, curved bar. Per earlier reports, in addition to cocktails and an "eclectic wine list," the bar will sell 24 tap beers, two cask ales, and a large selection of bottles.
Putnam's will feature a menu based on the "inns and dining rooms found in New York during the Prohibition-era and at the turn of the century," according to Myrtle Minutes. The restaurant recently dismantled its exterior, renovation-phase plywood, revealing lots of windows that wrap around the space. (The photos you see were taken by Joel R. Johnson of Deadbait with the help of a "few pints" and a tall friend.) Johnson adds that his camera-phone photos don't do the space justice. "Outside," he writes, "the windows have beautiful transoms and leaded wavy glass as if they’d been there forever."
Putnam's, 419 Myrtle Ave., corner of Clinton