Frankie & Johnnie’s Owner Joins Aaron Sanchez for ‘Alegre’ at 146 Orchard

Posted on: September 30th, 2013 at 6:03 am by

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Hey Orchard House, how about those “electrical repairs”?

The ill-fated APL-cum-Orchard House became an epic public fail capped by closure in January 2013. Reason given for the sudden shutter was a so-called emergency electrical problem. Those computer printouts detailing the issue, plus dated party flyers and menus, are still hanging in the dusty windows. But now we have a new taker for 146 Orchard Street! It’s none other than the owner of popular midtown steakhouse Frankie & Johnnie’s.

Owner Peter Chimos is joining forces with Food Network chef-star Aaron Sanchez to propose a new restaurant here called Alegre. Much like Sanchez’s Tacombi, the menu at this new venture will focus on Mexican cuisine. The method of operation includes thirty-five tables and a standup bar; hours will be 11am to 2am daily.

The team is currently on the October SLA docket of Community Board 3 for a full liquor license. 146 Orchard is, of course, located in a saturated area as defined by CB3, and will therefore face more intense scrutiny from the subcommittee. Stop by October 7 for the meeting to see if fireworks go off.

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