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Barzinho Making a Comeback at 48 Hester Street
Posted on: January 24th, 2013 at 6:09 am by Elie
Last modified on: January 24, 2013 at 6:10 am
The purple marquee still reads “Information Overload,” an apparent reference to the signage clutter around Chinatown. A holdover from previous occupancy. Once upon a time – 2006, to be exact – 48 Hester Street hosted a backroom boutique showroom by Denise Williamson. Fast forward six years, and it’s now poised to become a Brazilian eatery.
For the last two months, contractors have been preparing the subtle storefront of 48 Hester for a mystery tenant. The windows were, and still remain covered with garbage bags; TVs illuminate the space at night; a Brazilian flag graces the interior. It is here that the onetime-popular Barzinho hangout will reportedly make a comeback…crosstown from its former Tribeca digs. Indeed, the restaurant first opened at 225 West Broadway in January 2010 but was evicted a little more than a year later (the dreaded Marshal’s notice).
Barzinho is listed to appear before the SLA committee of Community Board 3 to argue for a wine and beer license. With Brown and Orange out of the equation, this spot is well-positioned to clean up.
What did you think of Barzinho when it was still in operation?
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