Jessica Lee Wertz to Open Restaurant at 176 Delancey

Posted on: March 6th, 2012 at 6:45 am by

It appears a dynamic duo of successful Brooklyn restaurateurs is reportedly crossing the bridge into the Lower East Side to help further settle gentrify the untapped eastern frontier of Delancey Street. While foodies will likely bask in this latest news, their arrival could spell disaster for the small enclave of budget mom-and-pop shops clinging to dear life, including neighborhood stalwart Teigman Press. Said business is located in the exact space being considered – 176 Delancey – and was voted number one print shop by the Village Voice in 2001.

Jessica Lee Wertz and Ted Mann, who currently operate the Bushwick bar Lone Wolf, are together rolling the dice for a chance to make something work at 176 Delancey. That something is a restaurant featuring “traditional American fare with a modern twist.” Paperwork submitted to Community Board 3 ahead of the SLA committee meeting indicates that this unnamed venture will “operate primarily as a restaurant cafe.” During daytime hours it’ll serve as a casual bistro offering coffee, apertifs, etc.; at night the space will revert to a full-service eatery. There is legal occupancy here for thirty diners.

We reached out to Wertz for more information on the venture, but have yet to receive any comment.

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