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The Bodega and Heavy Woods Owners Are Opening Their Third Bar, Bonus Room

The husband-and-wife duo, Ben Warren and Gina Leone have announced that this coming Saturday, January 16, they are opening their third bar, Bonus Room at 991 Wyckoff Ave, Ridgewood

All photos courtesy of the owners

The husband-and-wife duo, Ben Warren and Gina Leone have announced that this coming Saturday, January 16, they are opening their third bar, Bonus Room at 991 Wyckoff Ave, Ridgewood.

Ben and Gina have been running The Bodega Wine Bar (24 St Nicholas Ave, Bushwick) since 2010 and Heavy Woods (50 Wyckoff Ave, Bushwick) since 2012. Bonus Room has a basement-feel according to the owners, and is located right next to the Halsey L train stop.

"We live in a railroad apartment in Bushwick so we don't have a Bonus Room," the owners say. "We made the kind of place that we would want to come to for drinks and fun.”

Bonus Room location

Screen shot from Google Maps

Bonus Room will feature pool table, jukebox, video games, pinball machines, and various board games, ensuring that the patrons will not get bored while sipping on one of the selection of eight beers on tap (Bells Two-Hearted, Sixpoint Sweet Action, Narragansett Lager). All the taps and well drinks will be $2 off during Happy Hour 2- 8PM on Mondays through Fridays.

Bonus Room will feature cocktails such as the Old Fashioned, Corpse Revier, Manhattan, (Ernest Style) Daiquiri, Penicillin, Sidecar, and Horse Neck. Expect also Fireball shots, blender drinks in the summer, Prosecco and Long Island Ice Tea on tap. Naturally, they will offer a PBR and shot special for $5.  On weekends, Bonus Room will feed you free bagels and their already famous green tomatillo Bloody Mary.

Bonus Room was designed by Heavy Woods bartender Mandy Jo Reinier who will serve as the head bartender. Marvin Gonzalez, having worked in several roles at The Bodega and Heavy Woods, will be the General Manager.

“We love Bushwick," the owners say. "When we moved here we felt like anything could happen. We dreamt of quitting our jobs and opening a small bar," Ben, a former telemarketer for Roundabout Theater Company told us. Gina was a public school teacher in Harlem.

During their soft opening this Saturday, Bonus Room will serve $3 Wells, $4 Drafts; Long Island Ice Tea on draft and free nachos. DJ Psych will spin all night.

Left to right: Marvin Gonzalez, Mandy Jo Reinier, Ben Warren and Gina Leone at Bonus Room.

Bonus Room

The soft opening of Bonus Room, 991 Wyckoff Ave, Ridgewood, this Saturday, January 16. Hours: Mon-Fri 2PM-4AM; Sat - Sun 12PM–4AM

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