Bartender Becky McCarthy (who you may remember petitioned this winter for the bar to secede from Park Slope) confirmed via email, “Yeah, I mean it was basically just a personal decision on the part of my boss [owner Harold Costello], we weren’t driven out by the rent or angry villagers or anything. The guy’s pretty tough, but he’s pushing seventy now and at that point running a bar can start to wear on you. It’s being sold to the pharmacy next door, which sounds like a waste of a liquor license, but has my support at least because it’s kind of cool that this way everyone’s forced to go down with the ship.”
Jackie’s is one of the few and quickly dwindling holdovers from Park Slope’s past, alongside similarly divey and down-to-earth spots like Old Carriage Inn and Smith’s Tavern, and it carries a lot of history with it. (Some claim it’s been around for over 70 years; Here’s Park Slope tracks it to at least the 1970s when it was called “His and Hers”). We can’t help but feel the neighborhood is going to lose a little flavor when it goes.
L Magazine names September 14 as the tentative closing date, so get your fill of cheap beer and good conversation while you can.