Liquor License


Hell Square Problem ‘Mazaar Lounge’ Returns for Liquor License Renewal Hearing Tonight

Posted February 6, 2017 at 9:39 am

Problematic Hell Square haunt, Mazaar Lounge, returns to Community Board 3 tonight for its liquor license renewal. Ownership had withdrawn the application at the eleventh-hour last month. This maneuver is oftentimes a tactic employed to wear down opposition. Controversial Foundation co-owner Joseph Torres and Cozy Cafe principals Khaled Boghdedy and Sherif Beshir will stand tall […]

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More on the Winnie’s Reboot Headed to East Broadway

Posted February 2, 2017 at 5:00 am

Famed Chinatown dive, Winnie’s, is indeed making a comeback, as first reported here last week. Owner Ching Mei Mui is headed upstairs, reviving the establishment two years after closing the OG on Bayard Street. Ching Mei Mui will convert the second-floor office space of 58 East Broadway into this newest iteration of Winnie’s. And it’s […]

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‘Mini Rex’ Karaoke Bar Might Take Over Leftfield on Ludlow Street

Last modified February 2, 2017 at 11:11 pm

Out of left field comes a new “sober-style” karaoke bar. In other words, it appears that Leftfield at 87 Ludlow Street is looking to jet. The five-year-old skate-ish bar (and sometimes problem child) will likely close in the coming weeks to make way for what’s described as a “luxury karaoke” concept. The forthcoming Mini Rex — named […]

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Gracias Mama on East Broadway Becomes ‘JaJaJa,’ as Liquor License is Approved

Posted February 1, 2017 at 5:00 am

Gaga over JaJaJa? In the months following our latest update, there has been a flurry of activity inside 162 East Broadway. It is here, within the walls of that two-toned corner, that workers continue to ready Gracias Mama. Only it’s now called something entirely different. Small printouts on the windows both announce and tease the […]

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Former Maiden Lane Owner Readying ‘Coastal Mediterranean’ Concept at Pies ‘n’ Thighs Space

Posted January 30, 2017 at 5:00 am

If you were looking forward to another branded outpost of Mission Chinese on Canal Street, those dreams are now dashed. Last month, Danny Bowien briefly considered the old Pies n Thighs space for a Vietnamese spinoff. The proposal lasted a New York minute before the team withdrew. But 43 Canal Street won’t stay dormant much […]

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Hell Square Headache ‘Mazaar Lounge’ up for Liquor License Renewal

Posted January 9, 2017 at 5:00 am

One of Hell Square’s worst nightclubs is up for a liquor license renewal. Indeed, ownership of Mazaar Lounge is scheduled to appear before Community Board 3 tonight during the SLA subcommittee meeting. Mazaar Lounge – helmed by controversial Foundation co-owner Joseph Torres and Cozy Cafe principals Khaled Boghdedy and Sherif Beshir – opened in the […]

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German-Filipino Fusion Bar Angles for the Dead Schapiro’s Spot on Rivington Street

Posted November 8, 2016 at 5:16 am

Shuttered and papered for three months straight, 120 Rivington Street will soon be reborn. The Schapiro’s bar-restaurant – named for the iconic winery of same that once occupied the city block – closed for good in August. It was a three-year run. Now a group of seemingly unseasoned applicants – Daniel Dabrowski, Rebecca Kush, Michael […]

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Warren 77 Partner Still Trying to Take Over Fontana’s on Eldridge Street

Posted October 13, 2016 at 5:18 am

The bid to replace Fontana’s on Eldridge Street is gradually proceeding. Warren 77 partner Eddie Bilowich and Ise Restaurant’s Manabu Nishigaki (aka Invite Only LLC) return to the Community Board 3 docket tonight to jointly pitch the concept before the advisory body. Their application first appeared as an agenda item three months ago, and was twice withdrawn since. […]

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Chelsea Market’s ‘Mokbar’ is Opening a New Ramen Shop on Allen Street

Posted October 3, 2016 at 5:11 am

The northern terminus of Allen Street is about to get its second ramen joint. In due course, Chelsea Market staple, Mokbar, will debut some sort of stand-alone brick-and-mortar slurp shop at 163 Allen Street. While there is no official mention of the expansion online, the venture is confirmed by application paperwork submitted to Community Board […]

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‘Goodfella’s Pizza’ on Orchard Shutters as Trapizzino Snack Shop Readies Takeover

Posted September 19, 2016 at 5:08 am

Goodfella’s Pizza officially terminated its Lower East Side tenure last week after five years on the block. The Staten Island-based pizzeria turned out the lights and closed the gates at 144 Orchard Street for the last time Thursday evening. A single farewell note is plastered to the front door, thanking the Lower East Side for […]

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