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Longbow Pub & Pantry has closed.
Ridge Welsh transplant Longbow
Pub & Pantry closes for good
BY MEAGHAN MCGOLDRICK
After eight “great” years in Bay
Ridge, the neighborhood's little
piece of Wales has served
its last suppers.
The city’s first Welsh pub, Longbow
Pub & Pantry, announced in a Facebook
post on Tuesday, November 28
that patrons had just “two days left” to
enjoy their favorite Longbow dishes.
Its last day of business was Wednesday,
“It's been a great eight years but we
have come to the end,” the pub wrote
on its Facebook page, which has over
1,500 likes and close to 1,500 followers.
“Now it's time to celebrate!”
To thank its faithful clientele, the
eatery – which for close to a decade
has prided itself on serving Brooklyn’s
best fish and chips as well as authentic
Welsh cuisine close to the owners'
hearts – rolled back its prices to those
of when it first opened in 2009, making
all draft beers just $5 and all bottled
beer and ciders anywhere from $5 to
The pub is known to many a local
for its signature Longbow Burger
(topped with Welsh rarebit cheese
and bacon), its beers (12 on tap and
more than 30 bottled varieties), and
its low-key but pleasant atmosphere
and entertainment options (for many,
Longbow was their go-to for a Sunday
soccer or rugby game).
For owners Michael and Jennifer
Colbert, the close — however sad —
represents the end of an incredibly
"It's been an amazing run," said
Jennifer. "Being a part of a community
like Bay Ridge is a blessing. It's just this
amazing, small-town kind of feel in a
borough of three million people — we
weren't just a place to eat and drink,
we've become a part of peoples' lives,
which is what my husband wanted
when he wanted to do this."
That sense of community, Colbert
said, is similar to that which is present
"A Welsh pub is typically the center
of town," she said. "It's not just where
you toss a few drinks back. It's where
you leave your keys when your friend
is visiting. It's where you leave a big
package that you don't want your wife
to know about. It's a home away from
Despite being "very sad," Colbert
told this paper that she and her
husband "have been lucky to be a
part of so many peoples' lives. This
bar has seen babies, marriages, proposals,
job loss — really the whole
spectrum of human experience, and
that in itself has been so unique and
As for what comes next, Colbert
said, she and Michael "aren't really
sure," but what she does foresee is a
nice, sunny vacation.
"We just want to say thank you to
everybody," she said. "A bar is four
walls. The thing that made this place
great wasn't the beer, wasn't the whiskey,
wasn't the food — it was the people.
And for that, we are so grateful."
“Diolch & iechyd da,” Longbow’s post
read on, which translates from Welsh
to “thank you” and “cheers.”
Longbow is located at 7316 Third