So, Max Fish and Welcome to the Johnsons aren’t the only downtown bars making moves in North Brooklyn. This fall, the owners of East Village cocktail nook Elsa are opening a sister space in Greenpoint called Ramona.
Bedford + Bowery got the inside word from co-owners and brothers Scott and Jason Schneider, who are giving a complete makeover to the old Production Lounge space at 113 Franklin Street, between Greenpoint Ave. and Kent St. “That was kind of barely ever open,” says Scott of the former tenant, “but if it was, there was a weird party going on.”
Ramona will be roomier than Elsa, with outdoor space, more beers and an expanded drink menu with barrel-aged cocktails, infusions and (oh, yeah) a frozen margarita machine. To top it off, the food prep area will be larger for more delicious snacks.
Jason says they are also excited to debut a line of specialty cocktail products along with his sister and wife (who owned The Hanger before it became Elsa) called City of Daughters. The drink accoutrements, like cherries and syrups, will be incorporated into Ramona’s cocktail menu. Some City of Daughters offerings can already be found at stores like Stinky Bklyn and Court Street Grocers.
So – Elsa, Ramona, City of Daughters? We’re detecting a theme here. The company name references “all three daughters,” explains Jason, meaning that, eventually, Elsa and Ramona will welcome a little sister. But much like the royal baby, she remains unnamed. “We’re just trying to get through the second one first,” he says. Sounds like responsible parenting to us.