Whynot Coffee

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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CB3 to Consider Reinstating Terminated Liquor License for Problematic Whynot Coffee

Posted January 27, 2016 at 5:16 am

​Whynot Coffee has been operating without booze since last May, when the State Liquor Authority terminated its wine and beer license for failure of adhering to stipulations. It’s a coffee shop, after all. At the time of its disciplinary hearing eight months ago, the board unanimously stonewalled owner Emil Stepkov and his counsel (Donald Bernstein) […]

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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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Notes from CB3: Whynot Approved for Sushi, The DL Gets Its Sidewalk Cafe

Last modified March 17, 2015 at 7:41 am

It was a deceivingly small list of applicants, but the night went on forever. After all, this is the SLA subcommittee meeting of Community Board 3, and there are no time limits. Nevertheless, the proceedings saw several approvals for applicants, even for the bad actors of the neighborhood. Shalom Tov Tapas Bar, 154 Orchard Street […]

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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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Three Problematic Hell Square Bars Hope to Upgrade to Full Liquor Licenses

Posted October 21, 2014 at 10:09 am

Three Hell Square bars – two of which are newcomers – are headed straight to the State Liquor Authority for blessings regarding OP upgrades and alterations. Each of the establishments received denials from Community Board 3 within the last few months. Below is a quick and dirty update. The Derby Controversial owner (and hated neighbor) […]

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