‘Cafe Henrie’ Seeks Extended Hours and Full Liquor Upgrade

Posted on: July 17th, 2017 at 9:34 am by

Cafe Henrie, the two-year-old eatery alongside Sara D. Roosevelt Park, seeks an upgrade of its liquor license to serve hard booze. Ownership also hopes to keep the 20-table establishment open until 2am daily.

The pitch is not sitting well with some neighbors, though, including the Sara D. Roosevelt Park Coaltion, which noted on its website, “Generally we oppose additional liquor licenses surrounding the Park especially locations that have never been licensed before (the license stays even if the bar fails).”

“No matter what, new licenses mean the public must become the watchdogs of bars and clubs. We think we have better things to do with our time.”

Not to mention that Henrie is very close to the state-mandated 200-foot rule to a house of worship (full liquor within 200 feet is not allowed). That being the Seventh Day Adventist church at Forsyth and Delancey.

Henrie itself was conceived as a laid back “seven-to-seven” French joint, and officially opened to the public in September 2015. Its pedigree includes partners Omar Pringle, Andre Saraiva, and Brett Robinson. They had briefly considered expanding with a new location down the block at 70 Forsyth Street last summer, but that did not come to pass.

In addition, it’s certainly worth pointing out that Saraiva, the real face of the business, co-founded Le Baron in Chinatown, which drove the locals mad. He’s also a street artist (Mr. A) who draws those grinning stick figures around town.

Mr. A stick figure on Lafayette St., July 2015

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