In April 2015, Teddy's was sold to the current owners who have begun restoring and redecorating while being careful to honor it's heritage.
Some points of interest include the fact that in the early 1900's John Patrick West, father of the infamous Hollywood star, Mae West lived in one of the apartments above Teddy's. It is possible that Mae could have lived there as well, but it is unconfirmed. Teddy's has also been the site used by many Hollywood movies, TV shows and commercials. Some of those include King of New York from 1990, Boardwalk Empire, The Good Wife, Shades of Blue, Blue Bloods, and The Intern with Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway from 2015.
Williamsburg has seen many changes over the last two decades as it has grown into one of the most vibrant and desirable neighborhoods in New York City. Teddy's has managed to be at both the center of the history and the changes in Williamsburg and looks forward to adding even more to this special spot’s unique history.
Teddy's Bar & Grill is the oldest continually-operated bar in all of Brooklyn. Located at the corner of Berry and North 8th Streets in Williamsburg, there has been a bar operating in this space since 1887! Originally a local family-owned Irish tavern, it later became a Victorian era tasting room for the Peter Doelger Brewery in the early 1910's.
The curved copper and wood exterior facade still has the original stained glass window with the name Peter Doelger Extra Beer. The physical bar, most of the tile flooring and much of the woodwork is original from the 1887 period.
It changed hands a few more times, finally landing with namesake Teddy, and his wife Mary Prusik, who purchased the location and renamed in Teddy's Bar in the 1950's. They operated it until 1987 when it was sold to new owners, who then added a kitchen and a dining room in the old carriage.
Over the decades, Teddy's has been a hub in North Brooklyn for political, artistic and social gatherings.