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B-Side Owner Planning Bar-Restaurant for 221 East Broadway
B-Side owner Sivan Harlap is hoping to “illuminate an otherwise dark corner” of the Lower East Side with a new concept at 221 East Broadway. The cornershop, which hosted a bodega before its extended period of dormancy, might soon become another entrant in the Seward Park nightlife game. With recent arrivals Malt & Mold and Cowboy Pizza, it’s getting pretty crowded over there.
Materials submitted to Community Board 3 reveal that Harlap and partner Andrew States are gunning for the full liquor license with 4 am closing times. The as-yet-unnamed bar has an occupancy limit of 74 heads; a sidewalk cafe will follow much later on. In their own words:
We are going to offer fresh and local Fish & Chips and Falafel! Weekend Brunch starting Spring/Summer 2013!! Local craft beers on tap, yummy cocktails, conversation and community!
Plus a safe place to pop into in the wee hours if the street doesn’t feel quite right. Planning to illuminate an otherwise dark corner and block at night and offer a safe, fun and friendly environment to enjoy the very best of company anytime. We look forward to serving you
An addendum to the application outlines a list of proactive steps already under consideration to allay any neighborhood worry, including soundproofing, security guard, and closing windows by 11 pm (not 10).
Additional outreach efforts include a week-old online petition with the stated goal of 1,000 online signatures. 43 have been collected thus far. Harlap and States will appear before the SLA licensing committee on June 18.