Longtime DUMBO Restaurant ReBar Closes Abruptly, Citing Bankruptcy

reBar is closing

In news that came as a surprise not only to those of us who’ve enjoyed many an after-work drink and perfectly salted shoestring fries perched on one of the uncomfortably high bar chairs, but also to its dozens of employees, DUMBO mainstay reBar has abruptly shuttered its doors.

Via Gothamist, owner Jason Stevens sent out an email to his employees early this morning, which read: “Rebar is bankrupt and closed. Please dispose of your keys and do not enter the premises. Please forward to any staff not included.” Employees who did not see the email showed up to work this morning only to be greeted by a sign taped to the door, which stated: “reBar is Closed and Bankrupt. DO NOT ENTER.” In addition to this, the company’s website has already been shut down and emails to Stevens have not been answered.

Adding to the confusion of this abrupt closing, one upper-level employee told Gothamist: “Today was payday and roughly 50 employees are not getting their two week paychecks. We are suppose to have a wedding tomorrow and Sunday as well as every weekend for the next year plus. Literally hundreds of couples who have paid in full or partially to have their weddings at rebar and other venues have been screwed by this man. Not to mention the dozens of purveyors and vendors who are owed money.” And another reBar employee is answering phones today by saying, “Jason has stolen all his employees money, got bankrupt, and is on the run.”

It is, of course, impossible to know the inner workings of any business that is not your own, but in the years that we worked in DUMBO (Northside Media Group has now moved to Downtown Brooklyn), reBar always appeared to have a healthy clientele base, as well as a profitable and busy side business as a wedding venue. (A Saturday night wedding reportedly would cost as much as $25,000.) For now, this news has many of us—not least the screwed-over employees—scratching our heads, and we hope to have more answers in the days to come, as well as wishing the employees find resolution and, most importantly, financial restitution from Stevens.

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  1. For any couples who booked Rebar for their Wedding, we are here to offer some help. We own and operate the event space Deity, located in downtown Brooklyn. You can check us out at deitynyc.com We are a very similar vibe and feel to Rebar. If you liked Rebar, you would probably love us. In a bizarre coincidence, we have kept some of our summer dates open so that we could do some remodeling. However, we decided to move that remodel to a different time.We would love to help anyone out if you you need a venue. You can contact us through our website.

  2. We at Brooklyn Winery are SO sorry to hear about the closure of @rebarnyc. If you’re an event client and you need help re-booking a wedding or small party on short notice, we’re so happy to help you. Email events@bkwinery.com and we’ll respond immediately with availability and detailed information.

  3. Hi all,

    We created a Fundraiser to help the employees who got abruptly laid off today. Today was payday and they were totally left high and dry so I hope you guys will contribute and help all the employees recoup at least some of the money they deserved. We’re a startup in the area and want to support the Rebar employees as we were there all the time for lunch and meetings. Any left over money raised will go to some of the couples who had booked and paid for their weddings there!

    You can donate here: https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/4km4/support-the-rebar-employees

    Hope you will all spread the word.

  4. Hello, so sorry to hear about this whole mess!
    1 Knickerbocker in Bushwick would like to offer discounted event bookings for anyone who had an event planned at ReBar – we will do our best to accommodate dates and budgets to help out those who need to re-book on short notice.
    Contact: info@1Knickerbocker.net
    (347) 987-3751

  5. Bankruptcy is not something that just happens. There needs to be consultation with professionals, and extensive talks about the financial specifics. This is insane that the owner did not give his employees more of a head’s up.

    Completely thoughtless.


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