Cafe Gitani Folks Looking to Open Antonioni’s at 177 Chrystie

Posted on: December 8th, 2011 at 6:41 am by

At the recently-vacated 177 Chrystie Street, forklifts and palettes are a thing of the past. As are deliveries and distributions.  No more warehouse hustle-bustle here. And while Mikco Building Supply is forever busy, silence has reigned across the street since the end of the summer, when the commercial property was put up for rent via NYCRS.

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Upon publication of the listing, brokers pitched the 5,000 square-foot space as more of a “prime” restaurant opportunity, with a price tag of $12,750 per month. There were even simplistic renderings that illustrated as much, including idealistic hopes of luxe glass exteriors. Now, that vision is seemingly a step closer to being realized at the southwest corner of Chrystie and Rivington.

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Indeed, 177 Chyrstie Street is now agenda item #17 on the December SLA docket for Community Board 3.  An entity called Antonioni’s is presently seeking a full on-premise liquor license for a “family style Italian restaurant.” This successor plans to be open daily from 11 am to 2 am, with nine total tables and a twenty-two-foot U-shaped bar.

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But there’s more! A look at the paperwork [PDF] reveals that the corporate entity behind Antonioni’s also operates the hipper-than-thou Cafe Gitane at 242 Mott Street (and in the Jane Hotel). With this latest entrant in a pool that includes the likes of the deplorable Chrystie 141, the Box, and forthcoming Experimental Cocktail Club, Chrystie Street is swiftly reviving itself as a destination anew.  Residents, beware.

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