Taperia Closed Indefinitely As Eamonn’s Promises Comeback In Its Place

The shake-up of the Montague Street restaurant scene continues. Taperia, the Spanish tapas restaurant and bar located at 132 Montague Street that opened in October 2013 to much fanfare appears to have closed indefinitely. A handwritten sign taped to the door reads: “Closed until further notice. Sorry for the inconvenience.” Meanwhile, a large banner hanging on the front window promises the return of Eamonn’s, presumably referring to the longtime local favorite Irish pub formerly located a block away at 174 Montague Street, which closed its doors back in early 2012 to make way for a high-rise condo development.

Photo by Carl Franzen/BHB

Right now it’s difficult to say exactly what is happening to the space at 132 Montague. Calls to Taperia yielded the standard restaurant answering machine message. Calls and emails to Philip Henn and Nasser Ghorchian, the co-owners of Taperia, also went unanswered. Manhattan Beer Distributors, which is the only contact listed on the new banner for Eamonn’s, said they weren’t able to discuss their clients. A hostess at the unrelated Eamonn’s Bar & Grill in Times Square said her restaurant didn’t have anything to do with the new banner.

Whatever becomes of 132 Montague, the space has long been a contentious one for Brooklyn Heights residents, with its Henry Street-facing backyard going from a memorial garden in the 1980s to a trash-filled lot until neighborhood cleanup efforts made it fit for Taperia’s outdoor patio garden.

The recent activity in the space follows the abrupt closure of Connecticut Muffin at 115 Montague after 19 years, and the impending arrival of Gramercy Park staple Friend of the Farmer in the long-vacant spot at 76 Montague. The latter development has drawn its own share of controversy recently with reports that Friend of the Farmer may remove the antique anchor on the street outside. Still, Montague Street BID executive director Brigit Pinnell isn’t shocked by the changes. “January and February can be active months, changing tenancies are not uncommon,” she told BHB, adding she didn’t have further information on the situation Taperia.

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  • PubliusBklyn

    I’m shocked that Taperia lasted as long as it did.

  • what BID

    Montague street Business Improvement District needs to wake up. There are more vacant retail locations on and surrounding Montague street, it’s pathetic. Of the retailers and restaurants, there are only a handful that are decent and contextually right for the neighborhood. The neighborhood deserves better. Montague BID should be a shamed.

  • liam

    Glad o see Eamon’return. Never got used t the Public House…too cold

  • Abbeykira

    That back lot is once again trash filled thanks to 128 Dumpling house. I for one will not go to that restaurant. If that is how they tend to what is in clear public view I hate to imagine what is not in view!

  • AEB

    Holographic–Montegue’s restaurant “wars.”

  • Ebenezer

    We went there only once. Didn’t want to go back. Brought back a dish of scallops and had to drain several times to get the garlic off.

  • Eddyde

    Eamonn’s Amen!

  • Eddyde

    I agree the quality and fit or the businesses on Montague and the Heights in general, are at an all time low. However I don’t see how the MBID should be ashamed or what they can do? They have no control over rents or who landlords rent to.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    Looks like another accurate prediction from the Arch… Next to go Chocolate Works….

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  • miriamcb

    I just posted this on the open thread, but actually think it’s better in conjunction with your comment.

    I know this has said before, but the wave of new eatery closings bothers me a bit for this reason –

    There is a demand for a contextual store of some sort to be opened in its place and not some chain, but then that local store will close over time. Why? Because we don’t stay local, we don’t patronize the new place – we go into the city, we order online and we don’t walk down the street. The rent is unbearably high for little stores to make that work or we do actually patronize the chain stores we so complained about (ex. La Pain Quotidien) encouraging high rents on Montague that only the chains can pay.

    It seems we have this conversation every single time something closes and the fear of a chain is introduced. If you want a more charming, neighborhood-y downtown, then you have to shop there when those opportunities arise and give constructive feedback to the owners if you want to see something tweaked. All small business owners want to be responsive to the needs of those around them and their target. Sometimes, they are willing to pivot slightly to serve a larger need.

    For one, I ran into an artist’s co-op in Portland, ME when we were there this last autumn, run by the artists, and the shop was filled with beautiful locally made pottery. I would love to see something like that, would patronize it, but am not an artist and have no idea if there is interest beyond me for something like that on Montague. Locals serving locals and/or creative spaces available.

  • Jorale-man

    The one thing I liked about Taperia is they had live music in the entrance area. It was nice to walk down Montague on a warm summer evening and have the sounds of jazz wafting up to the sidewalk.

  • ShinyNewHandle

    …and some kickbutt Afro-Cuban…

  • Andrew Porter

    The blog Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York has long called for commercial rent control, as we lose the many small shops and restaurants that contribute so much to the fabric of our neighborhoods.

  • Andrew Porter

    I never see anyone in there. I think it’s a front for an illicit cell-phone operation, or maybe slave-labor nail salon…

  • miriamcb

    Something so we can have our neighborhoods back. I was just having a conversation with a real estate atty friend of mine who noted that foreign super-rich interests are buying up real estate in Brooklyn at a quick pace and before you know it NYC will be only for the super rich!

    I hope local businesses can fill the spots and if they do, I’ll go and if I don’t like them, I’ll try to find some way to give constructive feedback.

  • Moni

    Taperia deserved to fail. The food was lousy. Big screen TVs destroyed its ambience. Eamonn’s is not going to return because Eamonn Doran is long dead and so is his successor. Maybe another Irish pub attempt, to compete with the uninviting Custom House? Who knows. To those who criticize the locals for not patronizing neighborhood joints, all I can say is that we would be glad to patronize local restaurants if only they gave us a product worth patronizing. I for one yearn for a decent restaurant on Montague — where I would be a regular customer.

  • Moni

    Never see more than one or two tables occupied at Dumpling House. Sometimes none. Like you Abbeykira, the way they have trashed the lot has put me off from even ordering delivery from them. I agree they won’t last, and shouldn’t. It’s a great location but for some reason it seems impossible to get a great restaurant on Montague. Please not another “small plate” rip off joint!

  • Socioqueen

    I’m not sure what that Eamon’s sign is all about but it ain’t a resurgence of the Eamonn Duran we knew before yet another overpriced housing development went up. And yeah, Custom House has some quirks but they’re the only game in town with decent fish tacos and salad. Try them out!

    I still miss John’s pizza which now sells overpriced wrinkle cream, so there’s that.

  • ShinyNewHandle

    Overpriced wrinkle cream next to a motorcycle. Don’t forget the motorcycle.

  • johnny cakes

    It started with those damn double-decker tour buses and the snow-jobs by the tour operators. Our Brooklyn has been over-hyped to death.

    The Brooklyn Heights that most of you used to know it is gone, gone, gone. Blame Bloomberg, and the shady Bill de Blah-zio.

    Just wait until the Fortis Group starts building their 50-story condo tower(s) on the LICH site.

    You ain’t seen nothing yet!

  • local artist

    I just responded to your Open Thread post, but here I feel compelled to say that I don’t mind seeing more restaurants and bars in the neighborhood. However, what I DON’T think we need are:

    -more sushi or Asian-blah places
    -another Irish pub (PH is fine! don’t need competition across the damn street)
    -nail salons/eyeglasses shops/phone stores/pharmacies

    My laundry list of what would be great:
    -a lower/middle price point South American or Middle Eastern restaurant
    -a bar that caters especially to whiskey lovers
    -an art center, offering classes, studios, and a gallery

    There you go. I have solved all of Brooklyn Heights’s problems. I’ll just wait for notice to show up in the mail that I’ve been elected borough president then?