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“Cata” Identified as New Nightspot at 245 Bowery
The working name was so crass, it couldn’t withstand the two-plus years of planning, demolition, and subsequent interior renovations. An upscale restaurant called SRO in a still-operational Bowery flophouse. And an historic one, at that (Sunshine Hotel). Plans have since changed, though. Cata, the younger sibling of Alta, has just been delivered on the Bowery at Stanton Street.
Much of the remaining window plywood at 245 Bowery was trashed late last week, providing a clear-shot glimpse of the interior. Employees milling about yesterday said that Cata is now open, presumably a soft launch. Well under the proverbial radar (and scaffolding, too).
As we’ve previously chronicled, this is the latest venture from the hands of Ewa Olsen and Chris Chesnutt. The new concept is was described as a posh wine bar with a small plate menu. More conclusive offerings and official website are not yet available. Meanwhile, the full on-premise liquor license is now active.
While Cata carries the now valuable Bowery address, the entrance is actually around the corner on Stanton. The front doors have enormous keys for handles.