The Narrows — in this narrow black storefront on Flushing — will open Monday night. — Photo by Jeremy Sapienza
Flushing Avenue’s retail transformation continues to surprise those who see it as just a noisy truck route bisecting the neighborhood. From Evergreen to Porter, bars, new homes, galleries, delis, and boutiques line the strip, capped by the enormous Loom shopping center. Bartenders Matt Webber and Keith Cochran add a new bar to Flushing’s ranks next week, a tiny Deco-inspired jewel called The Narrows in the space of former gallery Pocket Utopia.
Webber bought the front doors from a defunct diner in Scranton, PA, a city full of Art Deco salvage. Other elements are inspired by the Deco period — shiny dark surfaces, intimate leather banquettes, fluted-glass windows, and a curved wall behind the bar that evokes an opulent train car. The metal-topped bar was fabricated by nearby Excalibur Foundry.
There is only room for about 20 patrons to sit inside, but more can fit in the renovated back yard, once an overgrown mudpit and Chinese restaurant storage, now a clean expanse of cement surrounded by a high wooden fence, its benches flanked by vines and flowers. Webber hopes to tent part of the yard for use in the winter. “In Bushwick especially, it’s nice to have a little outdoor oasis,” he said.
Emphasis will be on local microbrews, sourced from Brooklyn and around the region, and cocktails will feature fresh fruit and housemade juices and sodas. The wine list will feature organic vintages from The Brooklyn Collective. The bar will serve small plates also from local purveyors of meats and cheeses, and even chocolate, but the menu isn’t yet decided.
Webber has experience running a bar, as the owner of Soft Spot on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. “When we opened five years ago, we were considered ‘too nice’ for the area,” he said. “Now we’re considered a dive.”
Decide for yourself on Monday, June 21, when The Narrows opens at 1037 Flushing Avenue.