Preparations Begin at 150 Bowery for Zenkichi

Posted on: July 16th, 2010 at 6:23 am by

In the last 24 hours, a number of tipsters have alerted us to the progress at 150 Bowery, which NYC the Blog had also covered just the other day.  Earlier this week, the long-shuttered security gates were lifted and a new plywood encasement constructed.  This latest news does not bode well for the already-endangered lighting district between Delancey and Grand Streets.

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As Eater first reported in the first days of March, 150 Bowery is slated to become the Lower East Side branch of Brooklyn-based Zenkichi.  Plans include maximum venue capacity of 220 people – 100 on the first floor, 40 in the basement “private group dining area,” and 70 in the waiting area/lounge.

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Their application for a liquor license was nixed by all members of Community Board 2.  The board acknowledged that this “neighborhood is saturated with On Premise licensed establishments; and expressed that converting and licensing this enormous (12,000 s.f.) commercial space does not serve the best interest of the public.”  Of course, neighborhood outreach began shortly thereafter.

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Now, four months later, workers in respirators are busy gut renovating the one-story building.  We’ll keep you posted on progress here.

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[June 2010, Before the Plywood]

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