The rust-and-controversy-covered Barclays Center is set to have a fancy new scotch whiskey bar within a block of the Brooklyn Nets’ fancy new digs.
Soon to be opening at 47 Fifth Avenue, the Duke of Montrose signed a 10-year lease to become one of the few, and closest, whiskey watering holes near the new Forest City Ratner-built arena.
The 1,250-square-foot bar will be situated in the ground floor of the four-story mixed use building. CPEX’s Ryan Condren and Kristina Triglia represented Bergen LLC, the landlords of record for 47 Fifth Avenue. Max Dylan Lu of The M Properties Group represented Stephen Owen, the owner of the Duke of Montrose. Asking rents for the space were $15,000 a month. The Duke of Montrose will also have an additional 1,250 square feet in the basement of the building.
The new bar will be occupying the former retail space of Trade Winds Imports, a furniture store that has since gone into the wholesale business.
CPEX was hired four months ago to market the space, said Mr. Condren.
“The timing was perfect,” he added. “The landlord was very smart about being aggressive with this vacancy a few months before the stadium opened.”
The Duke of Montrose is currently being designed by architect Leslie Barnett to give it the look of a “classic whiskey distillery.” The end result should be a bar with “an emphasis on friendly service with a Scottish whiskey theme,” said Mr. Lu.
Calls to Mr. Owen and Ms. Barnett were not immediately returned.
The Duke of Montrose is slated to open in December.