August 6, By Christian Murray
A cozy neighborhood bar is expected to open on Greenpoint Avenue next week.
The bar, called Vivire, will be located at 41-21 Greenpoint Avenue on the same block as Thalia Theater and C-Town.
Andrew Renfroe, one of the owners of the 750 square foot space, said that originally he was going to open a sports bar—but his focus has changed. He said that the bar will be a little more high-end, offering a wide selection of wine and scotch.
“We will still show all the games but we want to be more than a standard sports bar,” Renfroe said. However, he said, he is still in the process of getting the feel of the neighborhood.
In order to open, the owners completely overhauled the space, which was previously a beaten-up medical office.
The contractor gut renovated the site, ripping out the old interior walls and the ceiling. The original interior brickwork is now exposed and a timber bar has been installed. The shabby front door has been replaced with glass.
Renfroe said that he will be ready to open once he receives his New York sales tax certificate, which is expected shortly.
“You’ll see a chalk board out front the day we open,” he said.