New Oyster Bar for 87 Stanton Street?

Posted on: October 8th, 2010 at 6:32 am by

For now, Project 6 is in its earliest stages. Gathering support from the community ahead of an appearance at this month’s Community Board 3 SLA meeting.  But the new business now has a location in mind – the in-progress building at 87 Stanton Street (aka 167 Orchard) which will, most notably, house the Slipper Room on the second floor.

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Project 6 LLC is the working name for a new oyster bar thought up by the owners of Spitzer’s Corner and Bruschetteria, Messrs. Rob Shamlian and Frank Vivolo respectively. Last night, they held a small meet-and-greet outside Rosario’s to explain the project and obtain signatures of support.  While we were the only party to show, the petition already had upwards of a dozen supporters, reportedly from those living in the immediate vicinity. Clipboards in hand, the energized duo pitched the project and its importance to the fabric of the neighborhood.

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When asked about how Project 6 would benefit the area, Shamlian explained that there are no other raw bars around, and that it would bring jobs and tax money for local government.  The standard argument.  When pressed further about why a full liquor license was necessary for the seafood eatery, Vivolo chimed in asking if we had ever been to a restaurant without one. Why, yes. And what about crowds?  It seems crowds equate to an overall community “benefit.”

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As the conversation progressed, however, we learned that three other restaurants are also interested in the ground-level space should the oyster bar fail to launch. And who, pray tell, is on such a waitlist?  Well, Subway, for one! Another Subway franchise.  Therein, the crux of their argument – a “pick your poison” predicament.  Sounds awfully familiar.

Regardless of your position on the new venture, though, you can find out more at the SLA meeting on October 18, 200 East Fifth Street.

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