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Brooklyn, NY - Child Care Center To Take Over Site Of Well Known BP Catering Hall

Published on: August 10, 2016 10:30 AM
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Brooklyn, NY - The owners of a popular Borough Park simcha hall that will be closing its doors after 25 years have announced that the location will continue to serve the community when it reopens as a child care facility.

With a seating capacity of up to 400, the Renaissance Ballroom at 5902 14th Avenue has been the site of countless events over the last quarter century, providing an upscale venue in the heart of Borough Park.  Owner Pinny Freed announced the end of an era for the catering hall last week on Facebook, noting that the Renaissance would host its final event on April 1, 2017.

“The decision was based on a lot of thought,”  Mrs. Sara Freed of the Renaissance Ballroom told VIN News.  “It was a business decision that made sense to us.”

While the Renaissance may no longer be hosting affairs, its chefs will continue to prepare their most popular dishes for local caterers.


Mrs. Freed noted that there were many parties who were interested in buying the building but the couple wanted the location to continue serving the Borough Park community. 

Project Social Care Head Start, a non-profit agency which has been providing child care services in the area for the last five years from its facilities on the second floor of the Renaissance building, will be taking over the entire property, with multiple federally funded early education classes running in the space now occupied by the catering hall.

“Baruch Hashem, the building will still be serving the community,” said Mrs. Freed. “Whatever we do, we still want to serve the community.”

Among the many warm responses the Freeds have received since they announced the Renaissance closure have been inquiries about their 12 year long tradition of hosting 40 to 60 Shabbos guests every week at the hall.

“All the Shabbos guests that we have been hosting over the years, we will still be hosting,” said Mrs. Freed.  “We have a plan to initially host them in our home.  We intend to continue.”

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 Aug 10, 2016 at 12:44 PM get real Says:

While I know nobody involved, as I understand it all these programs are FULLY FUNDED by the government. I am tired of hearing about serving the community when it is all someone else's money.
I am not commenting on the Shabbos guest issue, sounds like a big Mitzvah.


 Aug 10, 2016 at 01:10 PM benny Says:

Project Social Care Head Start, a non-profit agency.....
Non profit.? of course there is no profit when you take 450,000-600,000 dollar salaries.
Mr. freed is not staying there for the community. Non profit day centers pay the highest rent per square foot and probably mr. freed dosent need to work so hard staying up late nights and shabbosim when he can make the same $$$ from the rent he will be collecting.
Whatever he does i wish him loads of Hatzlocho and i will for sure miss this place as i made many simches there.
the biggest benefit will be to the neighbors with no double parking,hooting and finding a parking space.


 Aug 10, 2016 at 03:11 PM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

I agree with #1, BP, Willy and KJ live off ME and I get nothing but grief from the IRS, all will end WHEN the US goes bankrupt.


 Aug 10, 2016 at 03:13 PM yankee96 Says:

what happened here?


 Aug 10, 2016 at 04:06 PM Anonymous Says:

Well! That's one simcha hall less in bp. Wish I wud've known b4... I wud've wanted to keep it a simcha hall.


 Aug 10, 2016 at 04:07 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

I agree with #1, BP, Willy and KJ live off ME and I get nothing but grief from the IRS, all will end WHEN the US goes bankrupt.

Remember why we mourn on Tisha b'av.
Do you even?
Guess not


 Aug 10, 2016 at 04:47 PM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

Remember why we mourn on Tisha b'av.
Do you even?
Guess not

I do, and I don't say a tefilla for the US like those Young Israel types.


 Aug 10, 2016 at 05:00 PM Yosel Says:

Wish Mr. Fried lots of luck and Hatzlocho on April 1st and i will miss the great food and beautiful dishes he always prepared at my simches.


 Aug 11, 2016 at 01:59 AM Thinkfree Says:

Many times, I have tried to invite people from shomer shabbos for Friday night seuda. They all refused, saying they going to the Renaissance where they are comfortable and treated like paying customers.
The level of Hachnasas Oirchrim of Mr freed was unbelievable


 Aug 11, 2016 at 03:37 AM Big fan Says:

The family are tzadikkim. Every Shabbos they have an open door policy for anyone who needs a meal and they serve the same exact food as if someone paid $100 a head for a Simcha.


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