In Cleveland Park, Two Become One?
Cleveland Park is abuzz with news about the fate of the shuttered Park Bench Pub and Bricks Tavern after Atomic Billiards notified the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission that the pool hall plans to expand into the neighboring Park Bench Pub.
However, calling the expansion a done deal "is a little premature," says Curt Large of Bedrock Management, Atomic's parent company. "We're interested, and we've got a letter of intent [from the owner], but nothing's been finalized. We're still seeking approval for a liquor license from the [Alcohol Beverage Control Board], and if we don't get that, we can't go ahead."
Until a decade ago, the Atomic Billards and Park Bench spaces were one large subterranean club, known as the Far Inn and then Club Soda. As soon as the combined liquor license is approved and the paperwork is signed, rejoining the two establishments should be as simple as adding a new doorway and fixing up the Park Bench interior, Large says. "I'd like to hope we can have the spaces combined by August."
The expansion would add more pool tables and would primarily be used for private parties and "overflow space on busy nights," according to a letter of request drafted by Atomic President Mark Handwerger and submitted to the ANC.
As for Bricks, a sports bar with a popular rooftop deck, Large says, "we're interested, but it's a competitive process."
Cygs LLC, the owners of the Park Bench Pub, and Yi Restaurant LLC, the owners of Bricks, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy earlier this year.
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