(image by Tom Callan from Brooklyn Daily)
It looks like Bay Ridge soda fountain Hinsch’s and its trademark neon sign won’t be going anywhere after all.
After the New York Post reported two weeks ago that after 63 years, Hinsch’s (8515 5th Avenue) had served up its last egg cream, a local city council member broke the news that the luncheonette has been saved by the owners of another neighborhood business.
Saturday, Councilman Vincent Gentile announced on his Facebook page that the owners of Skinflints Restaurant (7902 5th Avenue) made a deal with the landlord that could tentatively reopen Hinsch’s Luncheonette by November 1.
Then yesterday, Brooklyn Daily – which is owned by NY Post publisher Rupert Murdoch – said they spoke with Skinflints owner Gerard Bell – who confirmed that he and two partners had reached an agreement with landlord Anna Tesoriero, resurrecting Hinsch’s classic lunch counter for future generations.
From Brooklyn Daily:
“We’re shooting for Nov. 1,” he said.
The menu is not expected to change, he added.
In addition to being shuttered by DOH officials, one reason Hinsch’s former owner John Logue cited for leaving was a rent increase that would go from $7,500 to $10,000 per month.
While Tesoriero had initially claimed she would ask $10,000 a month from any new tenants, Bell says the landlord – who would like to see Hinsch’s remain – made a more generous deal with himself and his partners.
Skinflint’s owners have some experience in giving a new life to old storefronts. Their eatery is located in the old Meyer & Blohm ice cream parlor on 5th Avenue and its interior still contains original fixtures, wood moldings and stained glass from the former business.
City Council Member Vincent Gentile represents Council District 43, which includes Bay Ridge, as well as parts of Dyker Heights, Bath Beach and Bensonhurst