Well, this has been sort of an emotional 12 hours or so! Last night, news started circulating that Williamsburg mainstay (and probably the first Brooklyn bar I ever went to regularly) The Levee had closed its doors, never to return. Eater NY reported that "owners Howard Hunt and Susan Surdacki let their liquor license expire last month and stopped operating as of this week without telling anyone why."
Terrible! Or at least, terrible for fans of koozie-wrapped Black Label and vegetarian chili dogs (so, everyone?). Also, apparently, untrue. According to an update on Eater this morning, Hunt and Surdacki posted the following explanation on the bar's Facebook page:
"Hey, friends. We're fine. Our paperwork for our license renewal never made it to the SLA, so we're playing it safe and staying closed until our new license comes in. We're gonna take this next month to make some much needed improvements to the bar, and hopefully be back better than ever. Thanks for the outrage and love and support!"
So, that's a relief. And if the "much need improvements" are focused on, say, the bar's bathrooms, maybe even good news?
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