October 13, By Christian Murray
A Hunters Point bar/restaurant is likely to close after being in business nearly four years.
RePubLIC50, located at 10-09 50th Avenue, shut its doors late last month and has not reopened.
Owner Juan Cruz said that he has been working on some plumbing issues since the closure, although he said he was unsure whether the venue would ever reopen.
The establishment was originally launched at the beginning of 2013 and was called “Open Door,” featuring 16 craft beers on tap and offering small-plate American dishes.
Six months ago, there were significant staff changes and the venue was rebranded “Re Pub LIC50.” Management put a greater emphasis on the menu and began offering items such as tuna rolls, lobster tail sandwiches and high-end burgers. They also focused on promoting its cocktails.
Today, the venue sits empty, with much of the furniture gone.