Greenpoint’s The Palace reopened last weekend. You may recall that the popular McGolrick Park bar (formerly called Palace Cafe) closed back in 2016. Locals Nick Padilla, Mary Schultz and Rita Puskas have restored the iconic tavern and its now open for business at 206 Nassau Ave. in Greenpoint:
The bar at 206 Nassau Ave. may have a new name on its doors — if only slightly — but inside, the history of pubs that called the space home in the 80 years before still lives on.
The corner establishment, once the beloved Palace Cafe and a string of other bars as far back as the 1920s, opened its doors for the first time last weekend since it closed when the owners retired a few years ago.
Now called “The Palace,” the bar promises to revive the history of the favorite local watering hole, said Nick Padilla, who owns it with Mary Schultz and Rita Puskas.
“We’re all Greenpoint locals and we’ve loved this place for a long time,” he said, adding that they kept the space as close to its original form as possible. “What a lot of people say when they walk in is, ‘It looks like you barely changed anything.’ It’s the same bar, the same floor and the same Tudor style.”
Padilla said the only difference people might notice are structural changes to bring the building up to code and an updated kitchen to accommodate The Palace’s classic bar menu.
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Hi! Thank you all, old friends & new friends, family & staff, community & businesses, who came out to help us celebrate our grand opening weekend!! It was truly amazing and we look forward to seeing you soon! ❤️ – The Palace #grandopening #thegreenpointpalace #thepalace 📸: @lcaldarolaphoto