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Northern Territory was named after the Australian region of the same name, which is home to some of the most spectacular national parks in the world. Toll, who is originally from Australia, explained that while he wanted to pay homage to his homeland, he was careful about not translating the theme too literally. “It’s an Australian bar, but I didn’t want it to scream ‘Australian’ with kangaroos and surfboards everywhere,” he told us.

References to the Outback in the 3-level establishment are subtle – a few cacti enliven a planter made from boards of wood found in the space, while the rough-hewn planks (also salvaged) that line the walls speak to the nation’s rustic character. The rest of the eatery’s Aussie flair can be found on the flavor-packed menu, which includes a selection of grilled chicken, veggie, beet, cheese and prawn skewers as well as salads, seafood, burgers and meat pies by Tuck Shop.

Much of the former factory’s existing finishes, like the cement floor and beamed ceilings, were retained as they were in Dirck the Norseman, the brewpub that occupies the southern portion of the same structure. Toll purchased the wooden folding chairs (leftovers from Country Chair Rentals) used from a salesman who came knocking on his door, and ordered the turquoise-touched stools and tables from a maker on Etsy.

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While he hopes Northern Territory’s rooftop will generate interest, Toll expressed his desire to make the establishment a haven for local Greenpoint residents that is an escape from some of the rowdier spots in Williamsburg. “We’re not mainstream, we’re not right off the L train,” he said. “I would like it to be for the locals too – so they have their own little treasure.”

Northern Territory is located at 12 Franklin Street on the corner of Meserole Street. The lower level is already open for business, but the rooftop space is still under construction and is scheduled to launch on April 1st. When complete, Toll says that the elevated space will offer a large bar, a long communal table accented with cacti and a Bloody Mary bar.

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