Carroll Gardens bar Goldenrod, popular for its outdoor fire pit and old school gritty feel, has been dark on and off lately. Now, Brownstoner reports, that the bar was was seized by Marshals this morning. The bar claims to be the oldest in Brooklyn, but actually sits on the site of what was the borough's oldest bar P.J. Hanley's, which opened in 1874. The owner of the bar James McGown has a reputation for shady business deals and has had to declare bankruptcy for a couple of his businesses in the past, including the only just relaunched Goldenrod back in 2013. This morning was also not McGown's first experience with the Marshals. Back in August 2013 the outpost of South Brooklyn Pizza, which he runs in a small space next to Goldenrod, was seized but later returned after a landlord dispute was settled in court.
Another James McGown Place Is Seized by the Marshals, This Time It's Goldenrod
McGown has run a number of businesses into the ground, but somehow always managed to bounce back.