Williamsburg wine bar The Camlin will be ending service next week after just under two years in the neighborhood. Owner Mandy Oser sent an email to guests on Friday saying that sales weren’t high enough to keep the wine bar and restaurant open. The bar, located at 175 Kent Ave. near North 3rd Street, originally debuted in February 2015, with Oser and chef Amorette Casaus at the helm. It served a selection of cheeses and salumi, as well as full dinner fare like burgers, cavatelli, steak, and salads. When Eater critic Robert Sietsema first visited The Camlin, he found that much of the food to be above average for a casual wine bar, including a salad with butternut squash, the charcuterie, and cheese croquettes.
Oser confirms in an email to Eater that they shutting down The Camlin. But she’s hoping that one day, she’ll open something else in Brooklyn. Oser’s first and popular restaurant, Ardesia Wine Bar in Hell’s Kitchen, will remain open. The wine bar and restaurant will close after next Friday. Here’s Oser’s full goodbye letter:
It is with a heavy heart that we announce we will unfortunately be closing The Camlin next Friday, December 23rd. Unfortunately, it's been a tough year, and sales are just not strong enough to keep us going any longer. So we have made the difficult decision to close.
We have loved being a part of this community, and we are deeply grateful for your support and friendship over the last two years. We've loved meeting you, chatting with you, seeing your little ones grow, hosting your celebrations, and sharing a mutual love of wine and food.
We would like to thank you all for a wonderful two years and wish you joyous and restful holidays.
And last but not least, we hope this is not good-bye! If you find yourselves in Hell's Kitchen, please come say hello at our sister location, Ardesia Wine Bar. We would love to welcome you there.
Mandy Oser & all of us at The Camlin