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Brooklyn Brewery Drops Navy Yard Restaurant Plan to Stay in Williamsburg

Its landlords will probably extend their Williamsburg lease

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Looks like Brooklyn Brewery will no longer be opening a restaurant in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Co-founder Steve Hindy tells the Times that he plans to keep the brewery and its bar in its Williamsburg home instead. He had planned to move because the homegrown craft brewery’s Williamsburg lease expires in 2025, but two of the brewery’s three landlords unexpectedly expressed interest in extending the lease. Ultimately, he and the team wanted to stay in the neighborhood where they already receive thousands of visitors every weekend.

The brewery, which opened in 1996 and helped turn Williamsburg into a destination, signed a lease with the city last year to join the Navy Yard’s new development. The company was going to open a huge rooftop beer garden and restaurant in their space, in addition to brewing operations.

Much of their business is international now, meaning many international visitors visit the Williamsburg brewery for tours and tastings. Domestic sales declined last year while foreign ones went up by 20 percent. “People know we’re here,” Hindy says.

City officials say they are more than happy to rent the now-available 75,000-square-feet in the Navy Yard to a different food company. And Brooklyn Roasting Company, Kings County Distillery, Mast Brothers, and Russ and Daughters will still be opening production facilities and public facing projects at the development.

“From where I sit, keeping the brewery at its home in Williamsburg would be a coup,” Alicia Glen, deputy mayor for housing and economic development, said in a statement. “and it means the Navy Yard can use its scarce space to grow the next multimillion-dollar Brooklyn brand.”

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