Preserve 24 Seeking Approval for Allen Street Vestibule
Oftentimes it’s the slightest minutia that provides the most information. Like the recent swap of rather ordinary plywood wheat-paste on both Allen and East Houston. Today our gaze returns to that long-delayed bar-bakery-hybrid known as Preserve 24.
From street level, one might say that absolutely nothing has happened at 175-177 East Houston in well over a year. Save for the buildout of the sidewalk shed, the relocation of Burkina to First Avenue, and a rotating body of artwork. However, the new plywood skins in recent months signaled in no uncertain terms that progress is back on track. What we see portrayed here is a sketch-like rendering of the interior.
Now Preserve 24 (or “P24”) wants to construct a semi-permanent enclosure at the main entrance on Allen Street to “maintain orderly conduct of waiting guests in a clean and tidy entryway.” As for dimensions, the proposed vestibule matches the sidewalk protrusion of Sugar Cafe next door. Documents submitted to Community Board 3 this month illustrate what we might expect if plans are approved.
It’s also worth mentioning that Sugar doesn’t mind the encroachment, either, and even furnished a letter of support to the committee.
The San Francisco transplants received a rather ambivalent approval from CB3 in April 2011 despite plenty of local opposition. Notably from Russ & Daughters. It’ll be a duplex “Argentinian cafe” with coffee and baked goods on the main level, and so-called comfort foods and libations served in the basement.
A recently-expired job listing for a general manager describes the endeavor thusly:
Preserve24 is not just any restaurant – it’s a cafe, pub, restaurant and art installation in the theme of an expedition society. Our guest can enjoy delicious food in a warm and unusual atmosphere. If you’re an experienced Restaurant Manager who loves serving people even more than serving great food, then this just might be the place for you. As General Manager, you will be leading the opening team to our latest venture on the Lower East Side- Preserve24 Restaurant & Bar (P24) – an exploration of New York’s finest gastronomic offerings. P24 tells the story of grand-scale artistic creativity with sustainable methodology.