After closing in 2016, one of Greenpoint’s oldest bar spaces will reopen under new ownership at the end of this month. Nick Padilla, owner of neighborhood bar Alameda, is bringing back Palace Cafe as The Palace. He and his partners, Mary Schultz and Rita Puskas, announced today that they’ll open Nov. 28.
In case you’re unfamiliar, Palace Cafe (aka Goodman’s) had been family-owned for decades and was probably one of the neighborhood’s most distinctive watering holes. Here’s how I described the spot on the corner of McGolrick Park in a NY Mag listing: “Pantera and Nugent are on the jukebox and somehow the resultant soundtrack doesn’t clash with the well-worn Tudor setting with its castle-like wooden door opening onto an airy front room of electric candelabras, stained-glass windows, and stucco ceilings crossed by wooden beams.”
The new owners have kept the Tudor fixtures and imposing back bar, but have freshened up the space at 206 Nassau Avenue, judging by the Instagram photos. They even swapped out the stained glass windows for “old new” ones by Brooklyn glass artist Friend of All:
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Whew! We have been working around the clock on these windows for @thegreenpointpalace and they are almost done! @travisyutzy is here today framing them, and hopefully by tomorrow they will be hanging in the windows for all to see! Thanks @sacharaps for snapping this epic pic
Rest assured there’s a jukebox stocked with Television and Talking Heads, though somehow we doubt Nugent survived, given the current political climate:
On Padilla’s menu: “unpretentious, blue-collar” grub like homemade corned beef and collard green melts, he told the Times.
The owners describe this as their “love letter to Greenpoint,” so get ready to sidle up to the ol’ horseshoe bar with a negroni and feel the love.