Now “Mundo New York” Vying for Oliva Space

Posted on: February 1st, 2012 at 6:28 am by

Oliva is on its way out, this after residing at 161 East Houston for a decade. That much is clear. But the replacement venture is not.

For a hot minute back in December, Ken Friedman and chef April Bloomfield of Breslin/Spotted Pig fame were collectively interested in the high-trafficked corner store. An application for an on-premise liquor license found its way to Community Board 3, but plans quickly fizzled. A short while after we broke news of their involvement, Eater learned that Bloomfield decided to ditch the idea and focus on her cookbook. The move left Friedman in the lurch, with the plan seemingly all but dead in the water.

Fast forward one month, and we have another group jockeying for Oliva’s digs. One that hopes to bring a taste of the Mediterranean to East Houston. Three applicants just submitted paperwork to Community Board 3 to obtain a full liquor license for their Mundo New York concept. At least that’s the tentative name. The restaurant-bar will host 24 tables and 48 seats, including a a fourteen-foot bar with stool seating.

Proposed hours are on the early side for this part of town – Sunday through Thursday, 7 am to 12 am; Friday and Saturday, 7 am to 2 am.

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