SakaMai “Sake Lounge” Opening Next Month at 157 Ludlow

Posted on: November 27th, 2012 at 6:28 am by

Tenement, Blue Seats, The Draft, and Bar 157 all met their maker within a short six-year span. The latter watering hole folded in January 2012, not long after a new cream coat of paint was applied to the facade. Now 157 Ludlow Street is rolling the proverbial dice with another nightlife establishment – the Japanese “sake lounge” SakaMai.

Six months ago, we first reported on SakaMai and its goal of transferring the full liquor license from its predecessor. Despite residing in a resolution area, Tanner Fahl and Natalie Graham secured approval from Community Board 3 and ultimately, the State Liquor Authority itself. The concept here is seemingly simple - Pacific Rim-style small plates and street food coupled with array of Japanese beverages including sake, shochu, beer, and whiskey. In its own words, the lounge aims to “cultivate a unique eating and drinking culture and experience by infusing tradition with progression.”

[Photo: SakaMai]

Ever since the first intel on this joint began to trickle out, visible progress onsite has been relatively difficult to gauge. Nevertheless, SakaMai keeps its small group of eager future patrons sated with a Twitter feed chronicling advancement. And according to a recent communique, it appears the restaurant will officially open to the public on December 12.

Meanwhile, management is seeking front-of-house positions – servers, bartenders, food runners, bussers, hostesses

Recent Stories

Photo: Susan Fensten
Spooky Backyard Scene on East Fifth Street

This week, native New Yorker Susan Fensten plucks another gem from her father’s outstanding collection of previously-unseen images. The shot in question is a spooky backyard scene captured at Mr. Fensten’s East Fifth Street residence (between First and Second Avenues) in 1984. He worked as a bike messenger and lived in a tiny studio at […]

lafayette-bike-lane
Lafayette Street in the Running to Receive Protected Bike Lane

Primed and paved in the last couple weeks, that fresh layer of asphalt on Lafayette Street will soon gain some green. Yup. A new, safer bike lane is most likely on the way. The DOT threw together a deck describing in detail the plan to install a protected bike lane along the west side of […]

stanton-street-kitchen-awning
‘Stanton Street Kitchen’ Reveals Itself in Former Moldy Fig Space

The Moldy Fig is has been closed for over two years, but its awning and neon sign remained in place. Until this week. Stanton Street Kitchen is happening, and it’s already planted a flag at 178 Stanton Street. Last November, the latest in a string of applicants for this address obtained Community Board 3 approval […]

Min's Market is doomed, Photo: Mike Brown
Min’s Market at Clinton and Houston is Going Out of Business

Min’s Market, the bodega stalwart at the corner of Clinton and East Houston, is going out of business this weekend. Boogie reader Mike Brown relays the info that the reliable grocer is set to close for good on Saturday. A significant rent increase is blamed for their downfall. It’s a substantial footprint. One can only […]

Lexi Bella for Centre-fuge Cycle 4, July 2012
Centre-fuge to Present ‘Heroines of the Lower East Side’ as Part of Inaugural LES History Month

Centre-fuge just released information regarding the forthcoming mural to grace the mid-block DOT trailer on East First Street. Unlike previous installations, though, Cycle 13 will be a solo effort by project alumna Lexi Bella. She is the first artist to do so. Timed to coincide with the inaugural Lower East Side History Month (annually in […]