Is B&B presently closed?
Their lic expires on 5/31/2016: https://www.tran.sla.ny.gov/servlet/ApplicationServlet?pageName=com.ibm.nysla.data.publicquery.PublicQuerySuccessfulResultsPage&validated=true&serialNumber=1150083&licenseType=OP
For a long time, it served a primarily African-Panamanian crowd, and used to be part of a little ethnic cluster on Franklin.
Now, I believe only Kelso survives.
...but the guys who operate the hardware store may have such roots as well..
On a different forum, a person states:"I live above it, It's going to turn into a lowkey hipsterish bar. New ownership."
CB8 member reports that they supported new application for liquor lic:
• Free House LLC, 644 Franklin Avenue (Bergen/St. Marks) – Full lic (backyard space indicated) [Approved subject to closing 1AM Sunday-Thursday and 2AM Saturday and Sunday.]