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The Beer (Finally) Comes to the Bike Shop

Red Lantern Bicycles now serving alcohol.

on a quickly rebounding section of Myrtle Avenue in Fort Greene, finally brought the suds to their bicycles-and-beer business model this week.

Gothamist had the scoop Thursday that the store owned by Brooklynite Brian Gluck had "broken the liquor license barrier" to become perhaps the first bike shop to serve beer and wine to waiting customers.

Previously, Red Lantern had to content its customers with a bar that served only .

According to Gothamist, Gluck had to install a partition between the bar area and the store floor—which at our last visit in February was not there—as well as close at 11 p.m. and not hire a bouncer.

In the story, the former co-owner of Brooklyn Bike and Board in Prospect Heights was clear that his bike shop would not be a bar—and that drinking and biking was definitely not okay.

"We're really sensitive to people drinking and driving, that's something we're paying extra close attention to," he said.

Blankocat March 16, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Bottle or on tap?
Joe Gonzalez March 16, 2012 at 05:35 PM
I want to know right now: Will Brian Gluck pay the medical and funeral bills for those folks harmed by the alcohol he is pushing? That's all it seems is opening up in Green Hill over the past few years are alcohol pushing establishments. An alcohol pusher like Brian Gluck knows no shame he will be no where to be found when the damaging effects of alcohol are manifested in Green Hill. I caution people that the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law regulates bikes the same way as cars, trucks & motorcycles. It is ILLEGAL to drink alcohol & ride a bike. A cop CAN order YOU to take a breathalyzer test and if you blow higher than .008 YOU GO TO JAIL. Be assured Brian Gluck will not post your bail, hire a lawyer to fight your case nor will he visit you in jail or aid your family while YOU are in jail. DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL AND RIDE BIKES.
Paul Leonard (Editor) March 16, 2012 at 07:16 PM
@Joe -- Just got off the phone with Brian Gluck. He says he's going to institute a "key program" which involves bicyclists giving the key to their bike lock to the bartender, who may or may not hold on to it at the end of the night. "I think that there is a level of responsibility on the bartender’s part and a level of responsibility on the part of the patron not to drink and drive," he told us. Not sure if that addresses all your concerns, but wanted to send out an update.

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