Andrea Cohen Brings ‘Bongo’ to Schiller’s Liquor Bar Vacancy on Rivington Street
The corpse of Schiller’s Liquor Bar is still warm, yet a potential replacement is already in the making. One that will likely get the cocktail crowd going.
Three months after the fourteen-year-old hangout ended its Lower East Side tenure, Andrea Cohen is angling to impart an outpost of Bongo at 131 Rivington Street. Application materials for the full liquor license were submitted to Community Board 3 this week for the November docket. The paperwork reveals that Cohen proposes a twenty-two table establishment, featuring a menu stocked with “Contemporary New England Seafood.”
Bongo LES will have closing times of 4am six days a week (not Sundays), according to the public records. It also states the bar will only play “conversational music, low enough to allow people to converse.”
Andrea Cohen and her business partner Jeffrey Bell opened Bongo eighteen years ago on Tenth Avenue in Chelsea. A decade later – in 2009 – the business spun off a larger West Village locale at 395 West Street. The original closed shortly thereafter.
Good for the neighborhood?