Peter Poulakakos Takes the Fight to SLA for 146 Bowery

Posted on: February 22nd, 2013 at 9:04 am by
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Lite Elite first announced closure on the Bowery three years ago, but it didn’t actually come to pass until November 2011. Little activity transpired in the interim, with 146 Bowery becoming a showroom for a pair of shiny, interlocked mannequins. The corner outpost in the base of the Sohotel had been a fixture in the lighting district for years, and now it’s being turned into nightlife. Shocker.

Past attempts to create a drinking establishment here were met with denial by Community Board 2. Now it’s “Bowery Restaurant Group” trying to make a go of it, the corporate entity helmed by Peter Poulakakos. They envision a bi-level “chef-driven” fusion restaurant with a basement drinking den. Despite being shot down by the advisory committee this past November for a whole host of reasons (e.g. over saturation, address already has 3 other licenses) the group is going directly to the source.

That’s right, principals are instead bypassing local and heading straight to the State Liquor Authority for the license. Due to the over-saturation issue, a 500-foot hearing was held on the matter a few weeks ago. One local activist showed up with a stack of letters in opposition. At this point, though, the decision ultimately rests with the full board.

In the meantime, 146 Bowery is papered and ready for some interior remodeling. DOB permits are on file, so this is happening…

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