Bye Bye Bruckner Bar & Grill, Hello Mott Haven Bar & Grill


Imagine my surprise two weeks ago, when I walked into 1 Bruckner Boulevard, and immediately noticed it was no longer called Bruckner Bar and Grill.

Panic ensued. Was there some type of hostile takeover? Where was the loving staff we’ve come to know for so many years? Was the menu even the same?

Luckily other than the name change to Mott Haven Bar and Grill, everything else seemed to be the same with the exception of various menu items but the overall experience was still that same home feeling you get when you walk into that beloved place.


When I spoke with staff, the name change was a result of an ongoing lawsuit by former partner, Alex Abeles the details which remained unknown but it doesn’t matter at the end of the day because it’s still the same place we’ve grown to love.

Patrons I spoke with at the time agreed.

“It’s still Bruckner Bar to me”, said local resident and regular patron Alejandro Brown.  ” As long as the service and food hasn’t change, I know I’ve arrived home”, he added.

Indeed it is the same great place. It’s a shame that they were forced to change their name but at least we still have Rosa, Javi, Joseph and the rest of the wonderful staff as well as the cast of characters and patrons that make this a wonderful joint to come and hang out and have a good time.

What do you think of the name change? Are you looking forward to trying the new menu? If you have, tell us what you think!



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Ed García Conde

Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.