Cafe Katja Begins Expansion on Orchard Street
Brown paper window shades have held residence at 77 Orchard Street for many moons, ever since the Still Life boutique vacated the Lower East Side for good. Now its international neighbor is finally ready to take advantage of the extra leg room, as it were.
Back in September, popular Austrian eatery Cafe Katja expressed intentions to annex the adjacent space to the south. Restaurant ownership subsequently appeared before Community Board 3 to secure the proper alteration to their full liquor license for the additional room, a space that will add twelve seats and expand bar length to twenty-four feet. Said request was approved by the SLA licensing committee. Work is finally underway six months later.
In one of the windows at 77 Orchard, the paper was recently traded for a sheet of plywood, signaling that start of remodeling activities. Spying through the various peep-holes, we see that the gut renovation is in full swing. DOB permits filed last month confirm a job to “install structural beams on the first floor.”