Bushwick, Brooklyn is home to many transplants, but its latest arrival isn’t a hipster with blunt-cut bangs: It’s The Turk’s Inn, a very 1970s full-service restaurant, rooftop bar, kebab stand, and nightclub transported from its longtime Wisconsin home and resurrected less than a block away from the L train at Jefferson.
Childhood friends Varun Kataria and Tyler Erickson were devoted customers at the original Turk’s Inn, a supper club in Hayward, WI well-known for its steaks and over-the-top kitsch. When the restaurant closed in 2014, Kataria and Erickson bought the decor, fixtures, and exterior signage at auction, where it scattered to ad-hoc storage sites—Erickson’s cabin; Minneapolis. When it came time for the big New York move, the pair hauled all of their finds in a 53-foot semi-truck.
There’s enough room in the 5,000-square-foot space for all the original trinkets plus tchotchkes from the founders’ collection. In the dining room, a skylighted alcove is festooned with riotous textiles and brass pendants Erickson sourced from India. The 1940s bar, meanwhile, was designed by someone who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright. From concept to completion, Kataria and Erickson executed much of the project themselves.