A new bar called Madeline’s is set to replace a local favorite Ramona, which closed last year, at 113 Franklin Street in Greenpoint.
The restaurant and bar will serve specialty cocktails and a select menu upon opening. It will feature a 36-foot-long bar and two TV screens for big events and games, a dining room, and mezzanine overlooking the main bar that can fit 20-40 guests, as well as a forthcoming private room slated to fit 60-70 guests. It is being opened by a local team including Brooklyn-native Brenton Land who is a bartender with over a decade of experience at The Vig Bar in Nolita.
Ramona’s was a community staple for a decade before closing in 2022. After finding out about its closing, Land said he had to “jump on it” and applied to lease the space.
He says upon securing the space, the team has been focused on necessary reparations. He said the old factory, while “beautiful,” needed “substantial repairs and upgrades.” The team has also added a kitchen.
The kitchen will be helmed by Chef Steve Bean who plans to offer a limited menu selection upon opening. Customers can expect its initial menu including pepperoni pizza popcorn, smoked salmon dip served with black radish and kettle chips, and Ploughman’s Platter featuring homemade charcuterie jam and variety of cheeses.
In future, the team plans to roll out more food including but not limited to stuffed cuttlefish dish with fennel lemon stuffing, saffron bouillabaisse, and rosemary oil and a petit cassoulet, which is a flageolet bean stew with confit duck, provençal sausage.
Land will be behind the bar and has over a decade of experience working as a bartender at The Vig Bar in Nolita.
He shares that Madeline’s will serve cocktails including a unique espresso martini with notes of vanilla, angostura, and green chiles and a tuxedo maska clarified punch with gin, pomegranate and sherry.
“I was raised in Brooklyn and my partner in Ireland, yet here we are working together to open my first bar,” he shared with Greenpointers. “Everyone’s life experiences mold them into who they are, and we’d like our options to have something for everyone.”
He adds that Madeine’s will “celebrate the mixture of cultures… reflected in our art, music, drinks and food.”
Madeline’s will be open Wednesday through Sunday. Its slated hours are Wednesday from 5 p.m. until midnight, Thursday through Saturday from 5 p.m. until 4 a.m., and Sunday from 2 p.m. until midnight.