Five local business owners joined forces to create a stronger business economy for North Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Allied Bars and Restaurants (BABAR) is a regional organization that was established in October of 2011, after a small group of local business owners met at a charity event. Founding members include the owners of Cubana Social, Teddy’s Bar and Grill, Nita Nita, The Woods, Hotel Delmano and Union Pool.
“We met at the Annual TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint fundraiser and realized that we all should work together more often to improve our business environment,” said Felice Kirby of Teddy’s Bar and Grill. The fundraiser aimed to raise money for the Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center, formerly a firehouse.
BABAR offers mentoring, advocacy, infrastructure assistance and regulatory advice to its members. It provides the tools and resources needed to uphold and grow their businesses.
According to Babarbk.com, “We are committed to strengthening and supporting the economic and social development of our neighborhood.”
Quarterly meetings present members with the opportunity to meet each other, learn about Department of Health policies and speak about issues facing their business economy. The organization not only connects businesses to each other but also to reliable contractors, repair people and services.
Members of BABAR have met with the NY State Liquor Authority Commissioner and Assemblyman Joe Lentol to deal with issues regarding new liquor license policies. They have also met with leadership from Community Board One’s Public Safety Committee, NYPD’s 90th and 94th precincts and many elected officials to discuss practices that impact local businesses.
“We work hard to make sure that local businesses are working with the community and giving back to it,” said Kirby.
Every year they host charity events to raise funds for local charities. Most recently, they hosted a Cocktail Cruise to benefit the Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center. They also helped businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy.
BABAR’s next quarterly meeting will be held in September.
For more information on BABAR and how to join visit www.babarbk.com.