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Bay Ridge’s ’50s-era soda fountain luncheonette, which served egg creams, to close

Not again! Hinsch’s to close March 1, and this time it’s forever!

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Hinsch’s, Bay Ridge’s beloved ’50s-era soda fountain, ice cream parlor, and greasy spoon, is closing for good.

The neon-signed confectionery, which started serving egg creams and sundaes on Fifth Avenue near 86th Street in 1948, will close permanently on March 1 and will be replaced with a new store, Brooklyn Daily has learned.

Co-owner Roger Desmond, — who temporarily saved the small piece of history in November, 2011 after a brief closure, said the high cost of doing business on Fifth Avenue and changing tastes in the area made it to difficult to makes ends meet.

“The area no longer supports this kind of establishm­ent,” said Desmond. “Bay Ridge is more of a fast food kind of place now. Hinsch’s is passé, I guess.”

Desmond said he and his partners, who own Skinflints on Fifth Avenue, regretted having to close the classic counter luncheonette, which they grew up visiting and loving.

“We’re neighborhood people, and we wanted to keep the tradition alive, keep Bay Ridge alive, and it didn’t work,” said Desmond.

Landlord Anna Tesoriero already has a new tenant lined up to take over the hot corner spot, according to Desmond, although he did not know what business would be moving in.

However, the businessman claims he still has the rights to the Hinsch’s name, meaning he could potentially re-open elsewhere — though Desmond said that was unlikely to happen.

“I don’t really see that in the cards, unfortunat­ely,” he said.

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Reader Feedback

Sam from Fort Hamilton says:
A Bay Ridge treasure destroyed by food carts. Whata shame.
Jan. 10, 2013, 9:53 am
Tom from Bay Ridge says:
Maybe if the food was better it would have lasted. Don't try to blame food carts, like that dive bar last year. Good businesses last, period.
Jan. 10, 2013, 10:11 am
Sam from Fort Hamilton says:
The ice cream and sweet potato fries and Hinschs were delicious. But how can any brick and mortar business keep there prices competetive with food carts that don't pay for rent or utlities or have any inspections.
Jan. 10, 2013, 10:37 am
Janet from bay ridge says:
Maybe Desmond can buy "The Brooklyn Daily" so they can hire a competent reporter and editor.

Hinsch's is not a "corner spot," as the reported should be able to tell just from looking at, duh, the picture. And did he actually visit the place?

Skinflint's is on Fifth Avenue, not Third Avenue.

And "the businessmen" when talking about one person? Does Desmond have a split personality?

And it "will be replace" with a new store?

Jan. 10, 2013, 11:15 am
Steven from Bay Ridge says:
Please stop with all this food store scapegoating. Seriously, if someone wants a burger and fries, they're not going to get a gyro instead.

The real problem is the fact that 86th Street and Fifth Avenue isn't a restaurant row - it's shopping and don't-get-hit-by-a-bus-during-your-commute row.
Jan. 10, 2013, 1:29 pm
Steven from Bay Ridge says:
^ Correction: *food cart
Jan. 10, 2013, 1:29 pm
Walter Willumsen from Farsund Norway says:
Jeg gikk til Hinches på 50 0g 60 tallet for Ice Cream.
Forferdelig syn at den stenger.
Blir et savn.
Jan. 10, 2013, 4:43 pm
Joe Blow from Bay Ridge says:
You can't survive on nostalgia. Hinsch's is closing because it had bland food off of a very tired menu, in a resturant with all of the charm of an OTB parlor. Time moved on, and Hinsch's didn't keep up.
Jan. 11, 2013, 4:39 pm
Gus from Bayridge says:
Food Carts destroyed this business and many more.
Jan. 11, 2013, 9:46 pm
John from Honolulu says:
I hung out there in the 1960s & I still love the place & all the wonderful people I left behind. Hinsch's I will miss you.
Jan. 12, 2013, 1:22 am
peppertree5706 from Sheepshead Bay says:
I think that the high rents on that street make it too hard to have that kind of restaurant. Five Guys (burgers) is up the street and they seem to be doing well. Their turnover is higher than a sit down/waiter/table service restaurant.

At Hinsch's, the last time I ate there, the portions were too small and the prices were too high. Mayor Bloomberg would be happy with their small portions of ice cream and their small sodas. Rent is too high for a place like that to thrive.

I stopped eating there, though I only tried it a few times and will not miss the restaurant.
Jan. 12, 2013, 10 am
jc from bay ridge says:
If it were located on 3rd avenue inn the 80s or 90s and operated primarily as an ice cream/candy shop, it would be successful.
Jan. 12, 2013, 5:07 pm

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