Matt Abramcyk, the original Beatrice Inn guy, aims for Gowanus
Matt Abramcyk, the downtown restauranteur behind Smith & Mills, Super Linda, and the pre-Graydon Carter Beatrice Inn, is raising money to build a boutique hotel in Gowanus.
Abramcyk is one of three "developers/operators" behind what's been dubbed the Gowanus Inn & Yard, according to a project memorandum circulated among real estate investors and obtained by Capital.
The memo calls for an 82-room, four-story, boutique hotel at 645 Union Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues.
Also involved is Alec Shtromandel, who separately built the 43-room Union Hotel two blocks away on DeGraw Street.
The document describes a $13 million project in need of another $2.25 million in equity capital, and with a projected completion date of early 2015.
Downtown Brooklyn has seen something of a hotel boom in the past decade.
Travelers can now stay at Hotel Le Bleu on Fourth Avenue, the Aloft Downtown, the Nu Hotel, or the Holiday Inn Express on Union Street.
But none has the cache of Abramcyk, who frequently partners with Chloe Sevigny's brother, DJ Paul Sevigny, and who's been described in various media outlets as a downtown "scenester" and a "night-life magic maker."
A 2008 New York Observer article headlined "Baron of Beatrice Inn Branches Out" described how, under Abramcyk's early stewardship, the Beatrice "emerged as perhaps the hippest nighttime destination in all of Manhattan."
"The Abramcyk Group is acting as lead designer on the Project, responsible for the design of all private and public spaces as well as food & beverage development," reads the Gowanus Inn memo. "With many years of experience in both restaurant and bar design as well as operational development, it is anticipated that Matt Abramcyk will also serve as a principal of the food & beverage entity which will operate all the hotel's public spaces."
Reached by cell phone, Abramcyk told me the memo was "a working document."
"I really can’t comment about it," he said.
Shtromandel, reached by phone, told me he would call back, but hasn't yet.