Despite the fact that some cities are too proud to welcome colonization by Brooklyn, some cities are more than happy to welcome aesthetic dominance by us. Take Houston’s Brooklyn Athletic Club, for instance. And now we can add Toronto, a city known for its Maple Leafs and crack smoking mayor, to that list, thanks to their brand new Brooklyn Tavern. We assume that this is just revenge for Ontario Bar not showing old clips of Leafs games on repeat, and we can accept that.
The American-style bistro that serves food that Americans totally still eat all the time, like liver and onions and square hamburgers plays like a parody of of people trying to do things they think Brooklynites do, at least when it comes to the design of the restaurant. Embroidery hoops turned into coat racks, a Prohibition-era (they did it too, kind of!) arrest warrant and vintage wall sconces give the restaurant that you can only find in Williamsburg. And Bushwick, and probably the places in Washington, DC where they’re trying to be hip and with it. We’d make more jokes, but we’re afraid of Tie Domi reverting to his civilian-pummeling ways even in retirement.