Masback took a photo of the garbage as it stands today (photo: Montana Masback)

Masback took a photo of the garbage as it stands today (photo: Montana Masback)

Last week, Bushwick’s Sugar gallery posted some harsh words on its Facebook page aimed at neighborhood newcomer Montana’s Trail House.

They generate uncontrollable garbage on the sidewalk, at the moment it is covered by a blue tarp. Currently have an old RV plopped into 3 spots, which has not moved in 3 days. They illegally place orange cones in the street, blocking parking for all others (well, except me because I know you can just move them).

So, if you are a patron of this new bar, tell them it might be cool to look like you are from the hills, but you don’t have to act like it.

Dang, apparently the gallery is really not keen with the new (pseudo) hillbillies on the block trying to get buck. Perhaps the raucous 4th of July party (complete with an above-ground pool, jello shots, beer bongs, and cheap tattoos) had something to do with the mess. I mean, it was a long weekend, we’ll give them that.

The gallery shares the same block of Troutman with Montana’s and posted photos of what they interpreted as a neighborhood nuisance:

the offending van (photo: Sugar Gallery)

the offending van (photo: Sugar gallery)

Gwendolyn Skaggs, the owner of Sugar and author of the Facebook post calling on neighbors to file 311 complaints, told B+B this afternoon that, as a resident of the nearby building for 15 years, “I really don’t appreciate what they’re doing.” She added– “it’s kind of a circus.” Though Skaggs was reluctant to go into specifics, she confirmed that she filed a 311 complaint and conceded that since last week Montana’s has “cleaned up their act.”

Montana Masback, owner of the Trail House, said today was the first he’d heard of the Facebook post. “I’m not a big social media person,” he said. “I’ve got my head down in the kitchen. I’m trying to do something that’s more community based — you know, something that’s more people-to-people.”

Masback seemed surprised at the accusations. “It blows my mind, and I’m really saddened,” he said, and pointed out that he’s working hard to “add beauty to this neighborhood,” with the restaurant’s garden, environmental cleanup, and the rooftop apple orchard in the works.

Masback explained the construction site next door might be to blame for the blight. "It definitely looks fuckin' crazy right now," he said. (photo: Montana Mosback)

Masback explained the construction site next door might be to blame for the blight. “It definitely looks fuckin’ crazy right now,” he said. (Photo: Montana Masback)

As for the menacing RV, Masback explained that it belongs to a friend of his, who unfortunately has left town for a couple of weeks. “If I could, I would move it right now,” he said. Masback insisted the issue with the garbage is something the restaurant is working to address, and pointed out the Trail House isn’t the only establishment on the block with piles of garbage out front.

“It just kind of seems like they’re picking on the new guys,” he said, though Masback pointed out he’s been a resident of the neighborhood for 12 years and is a native New Yorker. “Did someone they used to date work here or something?”

Update: The Great Trash Battle of the Troutman Bulge has come to an end as the opposing sides have agreed upon a ceasefire. Montana Masback told B+B he spoke with Skaggs over the phone yesterday, and wrote that “we are handling the issue as friendly neighbors.” He added: “I think it made all the difference after we spoke.”