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In the Brooklyn neighborhood, a popular cider shop has changed hands -- but it's still cider

RITA A. LEONARD - Brothers David Damjanovic (at left) and Luka de Moses have opened The Place, a cider bottle shop and bar in Brooklyn. "The Place" Cider and Snack Bar opened earlier this year at 1212-D S.E Powell Boulevard – the same address formerly occupied by "Bushwacker Cider". Brothers David Damjanovic and Luka de Moses, both originally from Croatia, oversee the eight on-site taps: four cider taps, two beer taps, and two wines.

"We offer a small curated selection of beers and natural wines," says Damjanovic. "Kids are allowed on the premises until 9 p.m.

"We have over 100 different ciders here," he continues. "We also offer sandwiches and snacks, but we allow customers to bring in their own food, too. We're open daily from 1 to 10 p.m. – and we seem to be busiest on weekends, so far. With warm weather coming on, we're setting up outdoor seating in front, outlined with wooden kegs and railings. We also have seating for about 30 indoors."

De Moses does double duty, also working next door at the Portland Juice Company, where he started out three years ago. The brothers tell THE BEE they love learning about Brooklyn's historical aspects. "For a neighborhood as close to downtown as this is, we think it's similar to what historical Portland used to be," remarks de Moses.

"We're interested in meeting more of our neighbors, and fixing up the interior for a brighter atmosphere – with lighting, plants, and easy chairs."

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