Gothamist posts the depressing bit of news that d.b.a. Brooklyn will close this weekend. The bar, which is known for its vast craft beer menu, offers no specific reason for the shutter on its Facebook page, but says it will reopen elsewhere “if possible.”
Ray Deter and Dennis Zentek opened the original Manhattan d.b.a. in 1994. Deter was struck and killed by a car while he was riding his bike to work in 2011, and Zentek died earlier this year from injuries sustained in a fall. David McWater, a partner at Doc Holliday’s and the Library in the East Village, was granted permission to serve liquor at d.b.a. Manhattan earlier this month.
This week, we learned that Benny’s Burritos on Avenue A is closing its dining room after 26 years, and the nearby, 110-year-old Di Robertis Caffé will also close. Though d.b.a. Brooklyn opened in 2009, its connection to the legacy and spirit of the original is readily apparent.
The bar is encouraging customers to stop by on Sunday and “drink the inventory and say goodbye.”