Coming Soon: Saro at 102 Norfolk Street

Posted on: October 22nd, 2010 at 6:12 am by

Global Grub had a rather limited shelf life at 102 Norfolk Street, just north of Delancey.  In the end, the small snack bar suffered the same fate as its seafood predecessor Tides. But work on a new restaurant has begun anew in the last few weeks.

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Tides vacated 102 Norfolk back in July 2009 and had remained vacant until last spring, when chef Judy Seto bounced back with a different concept in Global Grub. But that venture never made it through the summer, and now a new Balkan bistro called Saro is on its way. The blue awning and its grand opening flags have been removed. Fork in the Road steers us to chef-owner Eran Elhalal’s website where he explains the mission – a concept that combines “my love for Balkan cuisine and the fascinating history, traditions and customs of the Balkans.” The Israeli-born Elhalal named the restaurant after his grandmother Sarah’s nickname.

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Saro was on the docket [PDF] for a wine and beer license at September’s Community Board 3 meeting, but was denied unless it acquiesced to the following criteria:

  1. It will operate as a full-service restaurant, serving Eastern European comfort food to within one (1) hour of closing
  2. Its hours of operation will be from 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. Sundays through Thursdays, and 12:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M. Fridays through Sundays
  3. It will not have DJs, live music, promoted events, scheduled events or events at which a cover fee would be charged and it will play ambient background music, consisting of recorded music only, and
  4. It will close any doors and windows by 10:00 P.M. every night.

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