October 14, By Christian Murray
A new bar with a focus on craft beer is likely to open on Greenpoint Avenue where Nonna Gina, the pizzeria, was located.
The establishment, which is likely to be called Solid State, would be located at 43-24 Greenpoint Avenue and would “celebrate the growing resurgence in craft beer, wine and cider in New York City,” said co-owner Kristopher Medina, who spoke before a Community Board 2 Committee last night.
The venue would have a heavy Queens focus, with craft beer from many of the local breweries being on offer and some of the food being locally sourced. The menu would consist of small bites, Medina said, which would include pressed sandwiches and salads.
The bar would have room for about 50 seats and it would include a couple of pin ball machines. There are no plans for sidewalk seating.
Medina went before the City Services and Public Safety Committee last night with the aim of being approved to be open until 4 am, seven days per week. He said that his request was in line with the hours that other bars were permitted to operate.
But Medina got some push back from the committee that sought to clip back his hours.
“The difference between you and a couple of other places is that you are right on the corner immediately across the street—because of the angle—from a large apartment building and immediately south of you are six family houses.”
The board was also hesitant since Medina doesn’t have a track record of running bars in the neighborhood.
Medina said that he was prepared to revise his weeknight hours but wanted to remain open until 4 am on weekends.
The board, however, took a vote and unanimously decided to reduce his hours until 2 am seven days per week.
The board said that Medina could come back and request 4 am once he had developed a track record.