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Week of June 10, 2002
The Gowanus Yacht Club and Beer Garden
Alan Harding, the unofficial mayor of Smith Street and co-owner of two of its restaurants (Patois and Uncle Pho), must be reliving the carefree tree-fort-building days of his youth. He describes his latest project, The Gowanus Yacht Club and Beer Garden, a picnic-table patio with a funky, vaguely nautical motif, as "garage-sale chic meets Gilligan's Island." Actually, it's more like Dumpster-diver chic meets Sanford and Son: Harding has turned some trash-picked yellow-pine beams into benches, built a trellis and tables out of plywood, tacked up a life preserver, and installed a grill fashioned out of an oil drum. The plan is to lure passersby and straphangers exiting the adjacent F/G station with the irresistible scent of frankfurters charring on the grill plus white-peach sangria, draught beer in Styrofoam cups, and Pabst Blue Ribbon in cans.
323 Smith Street at President Street, Brooklyn
No Phone
 Cuisine: Outdoor Grill

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