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New Bar To Open Under Old-Fashioned Sign In West Village

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- If you've noticed a long, horizontal sign hanging over the building at 222 W. Houston St. reading, "This is the Houston Hall," you might have mistaken it for a forgotten relic of a previous era of New York City.

But it's not. It's actually a brand new sign for a beer hall set to open this weekend.

DNAInfo reported Monday that the 5,000 square-foot bar was set to open this coming Friday in the space on the cusp of the West Village and Hudson Square. Jon Bloostein, owner of the Heartland Brewery brew pub chain, signed a 21-year lease for the space in March, according to the DNA Info.

The new bar will be located in a former garage, and will count the Brooklyneer Bar, the Film Forum, and SOB's as its neighbors, DNAInfo reported.

Manhattan Community Board 2 approved a liquor license for the bar in September 2011, but required the bar to close at 1 a.m. Sunday and Monday, 2 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, DNAInfo reported.

Under state law, New York bars may stay open until 4 a.m., and in New York City, may stay open later if they stop serving alcohol. But in recent years, community boards have required new establishments to close earlier.

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