Community Board 2

The new home of Spring Street Natural

Spring Street Natural Begins Work at New Kenmare Street Location

Posted July 23, 2015 at 5:00 am

It’s official… Spring Street Natural will decamp from its namesake location by the end of the year. The popular health-conscious eatery has been going strong since 1973, but spent three decades serving at the corner of Lafayette. Reason for the three-block shuffle is all too familiar – another rent refugee. Indeed, with an expiring lease […]

Filed Under


Meatballer Michael Chernow Opening Seamore’s Tonight on Broome Street

Posted June 29, 2015 at 5:13 am

Meatball Shop co-founder Michael Chernow is stepping out of the box to helm Seamore’s, a new seafood restaurant in Little Italy. Well, the waiting is over. Plywood was shed, signage hoisted, and windows scrubbed. The establishment opens tonight at 390 Broome Street, exhibiting one of the quickest turnarounds from concept to completion that we’ve seen. […]

Filed Under


Charlie Bird Chef Outlines Plans for New Kenmare Street Outpost

Posted June 12, 2015 at 5:18 am

With Toby’s Public House on Kenmare Street now dust in the wind, Charlie Bird is swooping in for the take. As previously reported, elements of the popular West Village restaurant are opening a 52-seat satellite location here. Much of the menu will mirror the OG, broken down by similar catgories – raw bar, small plates, […]

Filed Under


Charlie Bird Confirmed for Former Toby’s Public House on Kenmare Street

Posted May 12, 2015 at 5:10 am

Team Charlie Bird is, in fact, taking over the space at 86 Kenmare Street, as first reported yesterday. Eater follows up on our story, noting that sommelier Robert Bohr confirmed that he and partners Grant Reynolds and chef Ryan Hardy are working on a new restaurant at the old Toby’s Public House. The 50-seat establishment […]

Filed Under


Toby’s Public House Closes Shop on Kenmare; Possible Charlie Bird Takeover Underway

Posted May 11, 2015 at 5:00 am

Three years after its uphill struggle to install a location at 86 Kenmare, Toby’s Public House is kaput. The upscale pizzeria shuttered within the last couple weeks and the establishment is totally empty. But there is already interest from another suitor; an upscale newcomer to the SoHo scene. Looking at the Community Board 2 agenda for this […]

Filed Under


Cafe Select’s Liquor License Expires, Nighttime Service is Temporarily Out of Commission

Posted December 4, 2014 at 5:30 am

Cafe Select is in a bit of a quandary, and the neighborhood opposition is likely rejoicing. You see, its coveted liquor license expired at the end of November. A renewal never went through. Ergo, co-owner Oliver Stumm and team are forced to adapt to the conditions on the ground. We were informed this week that […]

Filed Under


Neighborhood Opposition Turns Out to Deny New Cemusa Newsstand on the Bowery

Posted October 10, 2014 at 5:22 am

  One potential newsstand owner is exhausting efforts to install a Cemusa box on the Bowery mid-section. Precisely where so much change is happening. However, it might take a minute, since the surrounding community is largely against such placement. Last month, the applicant appeared before Community Board 2 to obtain blessings for a unit outside […]

Filed Under



Cocoron Owner Yoshihito Kira Planning Japanese Curry Restaurant Next Door on Kenmare Street

Posted October 9, 2014 at 5:30 am

Entrepreneur at 29 Kenmare Street shuttered this past May after the fairly typical two-year run. The Japanese boutique opened in March 2012 and featured hip threads for both men and women. It wasn’t long, though, before a restaurant came calling for the former orange box at the northwest corner of Elizabeth. In fact, the endeavor […]

Filed Under


Over at 222 Lafayette Street, Hop in the Truck Wants You To

Posted August 12, 2014 at 6:06 am

Hop in the Truck. No, that’s not a command, rather the working name of a new restaurant that has eyes for the south store of 222 Lafayette Street, which previously operated as a Subway franchise. Principals for the 14-table Vietnamese eatery appeared before Community Board 2 in June for a wine and beer license. The […]

Filed Under


Vets of Herald Square’s ‘The Liberty’ Seek Basement Bar at 188 Bowery

Posted July 8, 2014 at 5:32 am

Decimation is currently underway on the ground level of 188 Bowery. Until earlier this spring, the large corner space had been home to the Double Win restaurant supply company. Since its departure, though, crews have completely gutted the joint down to a skeleton. The job extends outward to the curb with a mess of traffic […]

Filed Under