May 10, 2014 / Brooklyn news / DUMBO / Brooklyn Is Awesome

Dumbo bar closes, but staffers vow to hold wedding reception today!

Locked out: Dish washer Robert Albino tried to come to work at Rebar on Friday, only to learn that the owner had closed up shop with no notice.
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The wedding must go on!

Some employees of the Dumbo event space Rebar, reeling after the owner abruptly closed the venue without warning on Friday, say a wedding reception booked for tomorrow is a go thanks to employees who will volunteer to work the nuptials free of charge.

“It’s the least we can do,” said Dina Thaverne, a bartender and server at the shuttered Front Street party palace. “It’s not like we have a job to go to or anything.”

Rebar employees came in to work this morning expecting a normal day. But when they arrived, they found a note on the door saying the joint was shuttered.

“Rebar is closed and bankrupt. Do not enter,” it reads.

Employees said a two line e–mail from Jason Stevens, Rebar’s owner, accompanied the note, but the message did not provide any further information about what is happening or why. The restaurant website also went dark on Friday, leaving employees wondering what to do next.

“Everyone wants to know what’s going on,” Thaverne said.

The event space is booked with weddings for the next year, according to staffers, with many couples having left a deposit already or paid in full.

Tomorrow’s scheduled wedding is moving across the street to Baco Dumbo, where Rebar staff have volunteered to serve the guests for free.

“They lost thousands,” said Thaverne. “I feel bad for me, but I feel more upset for the people who have weddings planned.”

Staffers are scrambling to try and find places for other upcoming parties, they claimed.

Stevens could not be reached for comment.

Workers also said that Friday is usually pay day, and that no checks were issued. And with Stevens taking down Rebar’s web site, and not answering phone calls or e–mails, the staff is not optimistic about getting their money or having a job.

“It’s time to look for something else,” said Thaverne. “Today, this was just really hard.”

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260-8310. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Brooklyn Winery from Williamsburg says:
We at Brooklyn Winery are SO sorry to hear about the closure of ReBar. 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 and we'll respond ASAP with availability and detailed information.
May 9, 2014, 5:34 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
^^^^^Now that's what I call..."something" (if you don't mind).
Please continue-I appologize for the interruption.
May 9, 2014, 5:55 pm
Kristina brunswick from Queens NY says:
2 weeks ago we paid in full for our wedding which would have been July 25 of next year. We paid $30,000, which we have been saving for over a year. First we lose our house in sandy, now when we finally have enough money to have a wedding...this.
May 9, 2014, 6:19 pm
Geno from Upstate NY says:
I guess I can consider myself lucky I only lost a 5k deposit. Could have been 10k but my daughter negotiated down the deposit for a 08/2015 wedding there. :(
May 9, 2014, 6:25 pm
FMF from Bushwick says:
Our wedding is June 8th and we are scrambling to find a different venue. We have people flying in and booked in hotels. We are at a lost. It goes to show you that you really cant judge a book by it's cover. Jason was always so nice and flexible to assist us. This is truly unreal! The staff was very apologetic today.
May 9, 2014, 8:10 pm
Caitlyn from Brooklyn says:
My wedding was supposed to be April 25th, 2015. Im so sorry everyone, this is terrible. I hope we all find something that works out.

Its so strange, Jason was so nice and accommodating with our budget. Now it was probably just because he was just trying to get whatever he could out of us before he up and ran. Even stranger, I did a bit of research on him and apparently he used to be a vice president at merrill lynch and a nuclear physics at amherst?

And did anybody else wonder what happened to his nose? Perhaps somebody was trying to "help him find his wallet", if ya know what I mean...

Very strange...I wish you all the very best of luck. We are all in this position because we have so much love in our lives that we wanted to share it with our friends and families. He can take away our venue, but the love cant be bought or sold.
May 9, 2014, 9:35 pm
T&P from NY, NY says:
We just started getting our RSVPs and were to have our reception there in July. I am still in shock that this is happening. Jason seemed so genuinely into our wedding planning when we met him. He shook both of our hands. He looked us in the eyes. I never would have thought that he was robbing us. What a coward and disgrace of a human being he is.
May 9, 2014, 10:44 pm
Caitlyn from Brooklyn says:
^^ T&P, I had the same thought. We finalized 5 days ago, he must have known what he was going to do then. He also looked us in the eyes, shook my fiance's and fathers hands, GAVE ME A HUG. He knew he was robbing us the entire time he stood there with this benevolent smile. My fiance felt sick to his stomach at the face to face deception.
May 10, 2014, 10:08 am
Bethany says:
If any of the couples who have posted here have not already, please email me and I will share the google doc of vendors/venues that have reached out to help. We are updating as we get more info.
May 10, 2014, 12:36 pm
Prison from Williamsburg says:
All of the affected parties need to call the Brooklyn DA office. You can't just take money for an event that has not happened and keep it.

They will be motivated to launch an investigation.
May 10, 2014, 7:54 pm
Oscar from Rikers Island says:
What kind of losers would get married in a dump like that?
May 10, 2014, 10:14 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
First off - Oscar beyond being an obvious babe magnet you are a jackass

My sympathies to all who are now in line in a bankruptcy proceeding and sadly this is not the first time this sort of thing has happened. By all means go to the DA and perhaps band together and pursue legal redress.

Best wishes to all in the future.
May 11, 2014, 7:41 am
1 Knickerbocker from Bushwick says:
We at 1 Knickerbocker Restaurant in Bushwick want to help out! We're offering discounted event bookings for anyone who had an event planned at ReBar - we'll do our absolute best to accommodate dates and budgets to help recreate your special day! Contact Jesse and Aimee at or (347) 987-3751.
May 12, 2014, 11:28 am
jessica from boerum hill says:
I create custom wedding invitations and day of materials (place cards, table signs, etc) and would be happy to offer a discount for any ReBar victims who need help with change of venue cards, etc.. My website is or email me at
May 12, 2014, 2:45 pm
Alexis Lenhart from Downtown Brooklyn says:
Hill Country would love to help couples impacted by the closure. If you are still looking for a venue, please contact Sarina -
May 13, 2014, 9:43 am
Lynn from Brooklyn says:
Please help my friends host the wedding they deserve after this mess! Every dollar counts! Let's pay it forward, it could happen to any of us! Thank you!
May 13, 2014, 7:51 pm
jackiev from bay ridge says:
Please help my friends save their wedding! They need all the help they can get!
Go to:
May 13, 2014, 8:02 pm
Tiffany from Brooklyn says:
I’m so glad to hear the owner was arrested. I’d like to help in any way I can, this might not be any of the couples’ concerns at the moment but I’d like to offer a complementary hair and makeup service for the bride of any reBar couples when you book a package with us to help with expenses. For more information or to check availability please visit or call (571) 335-8625.
May 16, 2014, 9:02 pm
Legs from Cobble Hill says:
To the couples looking for alternate venues, you should definitely check out the Powerhouse Arena right down the street from ReBar. Its a beautiful venue..I should know, I had my wedding there last summer and we loved it. Since they're not a traditional venue, they are not as backed up as most other local venues (i.e. the Foundry, the Green Bldg, etc). Good luck! My heart goes out to you.
May 20, 2014, 1:30 pm
John says:
A nice post!
March 10, 2017, 6:43 am

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