Founder of Les Enfants Terribles Opening New Henry Street Bistro in May with Seasonal ‘Street Seat’

Posted on: April 8th, 2015 at 5:18 am by

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The Essex Street Market won’t be the only Lower East Side establishment with a so-called “Street Seat” come springtime. A restaurant that isn’t even open yet also joins this exclusive club.

Restaurateur Stefan Jonot and his wife are busy readying the former barber shop on Henry Street for a new French bistro concept. Think of it as the second coming of Les Enfants Terribles, which Junot had founded back in 2001 and sold to Skal two years ago (which just recently closed). With opening still two months from happening, the time was apparently ripe to begin the application process for the Street Seat.

The goal of this seasonal sidewalk extension is to “open up” the area to become more “inviting.” The resting would come at the expense, albeit temporarily, of one curbside parking space. Anyone can sit here, not just the bistro customers. In fact, a handful of employees at the nearby hospital reportedly backed the plan.

As sponsor maintenance partners, the Jonots will police the placement and store the equipment (i.e. chairs and tables) in their cellar space.

The as-yet unnamed venture obtained unanimous approval from the Transportation subcommittee of Community Board 3 last month.

Meanwhile, much like his prior Lower East Side venture, this forthcoming 10-table bistro is to feature French cuisine with a “focus on locally-sourced and organic products.” The stated goal at 173 Henry Street (aka 16 Jefferson) is to offer “good food at an affordable price.”

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