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South Brooklyn Drinking Staples Stonehome Wine and Bierkraft Go Dark After More Than a Decade

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Fort Greene's 12-year-old neighborhood wine bar and restaurant Stonehome closed after dinner last night. Co-owner Rose Hermann posted a farewell and thank you note on Facebook from her and her husband Bill Stenejem saying: "After 31 years in Fort Greene Bill and I have relocated to the Hudson Valley to start the next chapter in our lives." Fans and neighbors wished them well with comments like:

Site of my first date with the woman I love and married. It's also where we decided to have dinner the night we got married. Such a part of my most cherished memories and an interwoven part of the life I've built in Ft. Green. It's with deep sadness that I learn of Stonehome's closing...

It's been a tough couple of weeks for South Brooklyn drinking institutions. Park Slope-based beer haven Bierkraft, which opened just a year before Stonehome, shuttered abruptly this month, leaving no explanation behind. In an email to the staff that DNAinfo got a hold of, the owners said simply that the shop is closed for good and "YOU ARE FREE!"

At least one fan left a token of appreciation and mourning in the form of a growler outside the shop and bar:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Whoever left this Growler Memorial outside of the closed <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bierkraft?src=hash">#Bierkraft</a> is a genius. <a href="https://twitter.com/HeresParkSlope">@HeresParkSlope</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RIP?src=hash">#RIP</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ParkSlope?src=hash">#ParkSlope</a> <a href="http://t.co/qgDVprIsHx">pic.twitter.com/qgDVprIsHx</a></p>&mdash; The Jerky Report (@TheJerkyReport) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheJerkyReport/status/614842273423994880">June 27, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Another tweeted:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">very disappointed about <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/bierkraft?src=hash">#bierkraft</a> closing. Father&#39;s day is not the same with an empty growler.</p>&mdash; robert fabricant (@fabtweet) <a href="https://twitter.com/fabtweet/status/612717453181853696">June 21, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Pour one (or two) out.

Stonehome Wine Bar & Restaurant

87 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217 (718) 624-9443 Visit Website

Bierkraft

191 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217 (718) 230-7600 Visit Website

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