Courier Life’s

Hinsch’s is saved! Fifth Avenue fixture to reopen next month

Brooklyn Daily
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like Brooklyn Daily on Facebook.

Hinsch’s, Bay Ridge’s legendary luncheonette and soda fountain, will reopen under new ownership in November.

Gerard Bell, an owner of Fifth Avenue restaurant Skinflint’s, confirmed on Saturday evening that he and two partners had reached a deal with landlord Anna Tesoriero to reopen the legendary greasy spoon, known for its egg creams, homemade candies and throwback decor.

“We’re shooting for Nov. 1,” he said. “We’re in here now cleaning and just patching up some holes and we’re ready to go.”

Bell, a lifelong Ridgite, said he wanted to keep the shop from becoming another chain store — a common fate over the years.

“We wanted to revive the place, said Bell. “It’s a part of Bay Ridge history.”

The menu will feature a couple of new items, but the famous chocolates, milk shakes and egg creams will stay the same — as will Hinsch’s iconic signage and old-school interior.

“Everything is staying. We’re just cleaning it up and making it look nice,” he said.

The news broke on the Facebook page of Councilman Vince Gentile (D–Bay Ridge), and comes just two weeks after the 63-year-old family business was shuttered on Sept. 29 when city health inspectors found the shop was a refuge for rats and roaches, and improperly refrigerated the food it served.

Despite the timing, owner John Logue blamed the economy for his decision to shutter Hinsch’s.

“Our lease is expiring and we decided not to renew it,” said a note in the shop’s window. “Current economic conditions, customers changing eating patterns, and our desire to retire early have led us to this decision. We thank all of our customers for your business and appreciate your support and loyalty. We will miss serving you.”

After the closure, Tesoriero said she would seek rent of more than $10,000 a month — up from the $7,500 a month that Logue was paying.

Bell declined to comment on the specifics of the lease, but did say that Tesoriero cut him a deal because she wanted Hinsch’s to stay open.

Logue did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

The shop was a Bay Ridge fixture, but its clientele had not changed since Herman Hinsch opened the shop in 1948, one of three in Bay Ridge, and business had been on the decline.

Skinflint’s has its own syrupy history — the Fifth Avenue restaurant between 79th and 80th streets known for its burgers used to be the Myer & Blohm ice cream parlor.

Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like Brooklyn Daily on Facebook.

Reader Feedback

Paula from Dyker Heights says:
WTG Gerard!!!
Nov. 1, 2011, 9:42 pm
J from BayRidge says:
If anyone can bring Hinsch's back Gerard Bell is the guy to do it!!!!
Nov. 28, 2011, 12:16 am

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

Community News Group