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Bowery Kitchen Opening at 220 Bowery Later this Month
In a way, the budget Bowery House banks on its second-floor SRO tenants for that “authentic” factor to push its product. A living form of “authentrification,” if you will. Coming soon, that same strategy will be employed for the ground level eatery currently in the works at 220 Bowery.
Restaurant suppliers and pop-ups are no longer in the picture for this space, as Bowery Kitchen is ever-closer to opening shop. Interior renovations and redesign have been ongoing since early spring behind closed doors. Yesterday morning, however, was a watershed moment for the eatery, shedding its plywood shed for good. Workers on temporary scaffold put the glass touches on the new facade. A small printout in the window promises that the Kitchen should open sometime this month.
As of publication, Bowery Kitchen has yet to secure the desired wine and beer license. Principals appeared before the SLA committee of Community Board 2 in March, and received some static. There was concern at the time about whether this would essentially become HQ for room service upstairs. Their bid was ultimately denied unless further community outreach was implemented. Meanwhile, license status is still listed as pending on the Authority website.
Back in February, neighbors were pitched on the idea that this would be a “Bowery themed” Italian restaurant with a menu based on ravioli ideas (chef Andrea Mainardi). Special coffees and pastries in the morning and pasta throughout is reportedly part of the plan.