It’s the perfect metaphor for New York in 2018. Much-loved Brooklyn institution Hank’s Saloon gets pushed out of its home by real-estate developers, only to find a second lease on life … inside a food hall run by a barbecue chain. (In a building owned by developer Muss Development.) The new Hank’s at Hill Country will be on the second floor of the Hill Country Food Park at 345 Adams Street, a 10,000-square-foot space that will include stalls selling coffee, breakfast tacos, Texas barbecue, pizza, and Tex-Mex food. The new Hank’s sounds like it’ll look like the original, though in a Facebook post owner Julie Ipcar wrote, “We’ll never be able to recreate Hank’s as it is now.” It will, however, prepare New Yorkers for the inevitable future in which there are no more restaurants or bars — just an endless sprawl of food halls.
Hank’s Saloon. Photo: Elliot Black.