175 Orchard Street

Whynot Coffee Shutters Ahead of Una Pizza Napoletana Takeover on Orchard Street

Posted November 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

Whynot Coffee on Orchard Street officially terminated operations over the weekend after a rocky four years on the block. Last night, movers were busy clearing out the enormous ground level space at 175 Orchard. It’s done. The paradox with Whynot, of course, is that it was forged in controversy over its quest for a full […]

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Confirmed: Una Pizza Napoletana Moving Back to the Lower East Side

Posted November 13, 2017 at 5:03 am

Whynot Coffee is toast, as the acclaimed Una Pizza Napoletana is confirmed for 175 Orchard Street. Eater confirmed last week that pizzaiolo Anthony Mangieri is bringing his pizzeria back to the Lower East Side in a partneship with Contra/Wildair principals Jeremiah Stone and Fabian Von Hauske Valtierra. It’s a straight-up move, as the San Francisco […]

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Contra Principal Might Revive ‘Una Pizza Napoletana’ Pizzeria on Orchard Street

Posted November 8, 2017 at 5:00 am

Contra and Wildair principal Jeremiah Stone this week filed the application with Community Board 3 for his proposed Hell Square pizzeria. And some foodie circles are buzzing about what it could potentially mean for the neighborhood. The paperwork is somewhat light on details, but does include a sample menu with a header of “Una Pizza Napoletana.” […]

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‘Whynot Coffee’ on Orchard Street May Grind to Halt as Contra Principal Seeks Pizzeria

Posted September 29, 2017 at 5:06 am

Whynot Coffee may soon grind to a halt. It would appear that the concept at 175 Orchard Street isn’t sustainable in the enormous space without a proper liquor license. To that end, the 2,000 square-foot store is now on the market, courtesy of Misrahi Realty. Current rent is $16,400 per month with 12 years left […]

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Whynot Coffee on Orchard Street Loses Its Wine-Beer License in SLA Ruling

Posted June 4, 2015 at 5:00 am

Whynot Coffee sustained a deadly blow in early May when the State Liquor Authority officially terminated its wine and beer license at 175 Orchard Street. The board unanimously stonewalled owner Emil Stepkov and his counsel (Donald Bernstein) for duping the community over its half-baked “art” concept. And for the LES Dwellers, it’s another storied victory, the second on this […]

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Orchard Street Whynot Coffee on the Lookout for New Location with Sushi Wa in the Works

Posted March 3, 2015 at 5:08 am

It would appear that Whynot Coffee is in damage control mode. Last week, we first reported that the popular cafe on Orchard Street would give way to a new Japanese spot called Sushi Wa. Yep, a head-scratcher. For this, owner Emil Stepkov again seeks a full liquor license for 175 Orchard, the holy grail he’s […]

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Whynot Cafe on Orchard Street Fails, Looks to Become ‘Sushi Wa’

Posted February 27, 2015 at 5:16 am

Whynot, because it couldn’t. Whynot Cafe failed to gain traction due in large part to its inability to secure a full liquor license. Their two bids met stiff resistance from the community including the LES Dwellers. And now it’s on last legs. Rumblings of its closure had circulated for the last week, but their PR […]

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Whynot Coffee and Rouge Wine Bar Denied Licenses by the SLA

Posted February 12, 2014 at 6:03 am

  Despite its various efforts to obtain a full liquor license, Lower East Side newcomer Whynot Cafe at Orchard Street was officially denied by the State Liquor Authority last month. Whynot had first applied to Community Board 3 for full liquor back in October, but the advisory committee asked they withdraw and return for wine […]

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Whynot Cafe on Orchard Street Headed to SLA for Full Liquor License

Last modified December 26, 2013 at 8:47 am

Back in October, Community Board 3 asked Whynot Coffee to withdraw until the next month to reduce the application from liquor to wine and beer. Owner Emil Stefkov did, in fact, return but had no intention of giving up on the OP (just going through the motions). There’s no way 50% of the business would […]

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Whynot Coffee Opens Its Gallery-Cafe at 175 Orchard Street

Posted November 25, 2013 at 6:02 am

Whynot Coffee’s Lower East Side sibling officially opened to the public on Friday evening. True to form, the Orchard Street outpost appears more like a gallery with a cafe counter, rather than vice-versa. Pop-art portraiture by Jeremy Penn presently hangs on the walls while baristas serve caffeine and bites from the center. Penn is the inaugural […]

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