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Gantry LIC, Latest Bar To Come To Vernon Blvd., To Open Friday Night

Gantry LIC

Gantry LIC

Feb. 11, 2016 By Christian Murray

Gantry LIC, a gastropub that will offer a 1920s vibe, will open on Vernon Boulevard Friday night, according to co-owner Brian Porter.

The bar/restaurant, located at 47-02 Vernon Blvd., has been a year in the works but will finally be open to the public at 9 p.m. tomorrow night. There will be a friends and family event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The bar, which will offer 18 draft beers, has taken on a vintage flavor, Porter said.

“We were originally going for an industrial look but it morphed into a ’20s and ’30s space,” he said.

He said that they built the interior with a lot of reclaimed wood and steel. Additionally, they incorporated old-fashioned wall paper.

There are also several pictures of the gantries hanging on the walls, Porter said, which were taken over the years and pay tribute to the gantry theme.

Porter, who also co-owns LIC Bar, located at 45-58 Vernon Blvd., anticipates that the kitchen will open toward the end of next week.

The kitchen will offer small-plate food such as chicken, lamb and pot roast pies as well as salads. There will be burgers, sandwiches and an emphasis on fish dishes.

The space was previously occupied by Communitea, which closed in October 2014, but reopened at 11-18 46th Road one year later.


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glad to see

How about replacing the cellar doors in the sidewalk before someone falls though them? They are bent and have exceeded their useful life.


I was trying to put a healthy charcoal grill in David’s barbershop but the owner only wanted dry use

Rd. Ave. St. Dr.

Looking in the window, I thought it was a TV viewing room with two gargantuan LED screens! Wow! Amazing! There’s a bar in there too? A restaurant? I didn’t notice. I was hypnotized.



Grow up! While I wish the owners the best, this isnt personal. MRLIC is right – we need another bar, nail salon, or Italian restaurant like we need a hole in the head. Just because he said we need more/better stores/services doesnt mean they need to be like the places that were actually here and serviced this neighborhood for many years before people descended on this neighborhood like locusts.


We need to deal with the reality we have today. It’s pretty clear those stores aren’t ever coming back, as much as I would love to see more diverse retail myself. We all live in a gentrifying area — for better or worse — that will be stocked with eating and drinking places because that’s what people in gentrified neighborhoods seem to want. Any retail stores are likely to be chains, and then people will scream about that too.

This Gantry place, as far as I can tell from the story, at least has carved out a unique niche. It “looks” like an old LIC establishment to me. It smartened up the building and reminds me of an old NYC tavern, not just a bar. It really inconveniences me too that we don’t have the full slate of neighborhood retail services in our area. But I’m not going to place the blame on the owners of the Gantry.


The laws of supply and demand are at work. This is capitalism. There are 25,000 more residents today than there were 10 years ago. The reason I am tired of Mr LIC is that he is too angry. Never positive. He hates nail salons, restaurants, bars, bowling alleys that have dark light, people who don’t give him enough sidewalk, tall buildings all while insulting the “newbies”. He does not need your defense, he needs to be nice.


If he is so certain we need something, it would be an opportunity to put his money where his mouth is. I mean, if he is so sure of what we need, then do it.


Maybe you could clarify where the gaps are in terms of stores. I have yet to encounter a need to buy something that is not available in the neighborhood or online. And for that rare item you need Right Now that is not for sale in LIC, is a quick trip into Manhattan really that difficult?

LIC Owner

Frank- I own a business in LIC and I can tell you we need retail stores. And the other owners around here agree. Being so close to Manhattan actually hurts the local business because people don’t stay in the area. This will never be an area that truly attracts people from other neighborhoods to stroll around unless they can do some shopping before or after they eat/drink. There is almost no regular shopping around here- clothing stores, household decorations, maybe antiques or jewelry or ceramic shop. The bars & restaurants will do better if there is more retail. They survive off each other.


Of course you want more retail – you benefit as a retailer. I still challenge you to identify an actual store that cannot be conveniently replaced by an online retailer or going into Manhattan. The stuff one needs Right Now is pretty much covered by the 2 grocery stores, 3 pharmacies, handful of delis, and hardware store. Everything else I am fine waiting a few days for or, for those infrequent Need Now items, popping into the City.

If the restaurants are hurting (which I seriously doubt), then they should either improve their kitchen (looking at you, Blend) or adjust their offering to appeal more to the couple of thousand residents on the waterfront.

LIC Owner

OK Just because you like to do all your shopping online, many people still like walking around a neighborhood and window shopping.
And if you don’t think restaurants are hurting, you aren’t paying attention. And I’m talking about many of the ones with the best food in the area. Its not because of their quality, its because they have to compete with Manhattan which is where all the thousands of people that live on the waterfront prefer to hang out. Maybe if there was more shopping they would stay in their own hood more.


They are really destroying the neighborhood with those nice, new businesses in renovated old buildings. I was really hoping it would be an army navy store with a creepy looking huka lounge above it so I could buy a gas mask.


It has an interesting menu and the place looks amazing. Only in LIC can you be assured that some big-mouth crybaby with a temper tantrum will be among the first to post some stupidity on this site. Good luck to the owners. I’m grateful MRLIC won’t be there to ruin my night.


Yes. Alobar’s cocktails are good, but they don’t fill the glass. Station is kinda meh. We need a good cocktail bar badly.


im actually more excited for thew pizza hut coming to vernon

sweet jesus

lic always a bridesmaid never a bride


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