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

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

146-orchard-st

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.

Recent Stories

Photo: Washington Square Park Blog
Report: 300 Pigeons Abducted from Washington Square Park for ‘Live Shoots’

If you’ve noticed a lack of pigeons in and around Washington Square Park, you’re eyes haven’t deceived you. This past Tuesday, a mass pigeon abduction reportedly took place, and in broad daylight (approximately 3pm). This kind of thing has happened on and off over the last ten years; the end game is usually that they’re sold in Pennsylvania […]

tiny-empire-lafayette
Tiny Empire Opening NYC Juice Bar on Lafayette Street August 10

Organic juice bars are spreading around the city unchecked like a plague, seizing that title from the frozen yogurt industry. The eastern border of SoHo will soon add another. Brooklyn-based juicery Tiny Empire is getting larger, expanding to 234 Lafayette Street (corner of Spring). It’s already carved out a chunk of the storefront previously occupied […]

moscow57-delancey
Barramundi Owner Joins Moscow 57 Team to Create Kapowski’s

Now that Barramundi (and 2nd Floor on Clinton) is swimming with the fishes, so to speak, proprietor Tony Powe is on the move. Literally three blocks south to the corner of Delancey Street, joining focres with two-year-old cabaret Moscow 57. Florence Fabricant filed a dispatch in the New York Times this week breaking the news. […]

orchard-tree-guard-1
New Tree Guards Installed Along the Length of Orchard Street

More beautification for Orchard Street this week. Flatbed trucks were spotted delivering iron tree guards to the sidewalks of Orchard Street this week. Installation began on the northern terminus and is slowly headed southward. The ornate guards now act as deterrent to tree-bound bike locks and dog droppings. The landscape revitalization goes hand-in-hand with overall […]

Gotham Court, Essex St. facade
8-Hour Rager Underscores Frat Scourge of Gotham Court in Hell Square

The inmates have taken control and the babysitter Nurse Ratched is nowhere to be found. The drunken frat compound that is Gotham Court certainly lived up to its reputation over the weekend. We’re hearing from folks in the vicinity that an apartment at 151 Essex Street held “one of the biggest deck parties of the […]