BOW on the Bowery Reverts to Jazz; Travis Bass Out

Posted on: March 11th, 2013 at 6:08 am by
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Some EMM Group back-pedaling to report ahead of tonight’s Community Board 3 meeting. An industry insider informs us that BOW – the cellar component of the 199 Bowery triple-threat – is allegedly reverting to Jazz dining as initially proposed last year. As of this weekend, the cellar as we knew it is finished. Apparently the new setup will serve food from The General and aid in the overflow from noisemaker Finale by becoming a late-night lounge. Closing time is still pegged 4am, though. We can read between the lines here…

And what does this development mean for promoted events and the marquee acquisition of Travis Bass? Another source claims that Mr. Bass is no longer involved.

In its argument to the SLA subcommittee last month, EMM reps claimed the basement couldn’t be adequately soundproofed for an eardrum-thumping club; that $1.5 million was already drained on muting the upstairs. This was the reasoning, on paper at least, behind the “methods of operation notice” at Finale. The situation on the ground, though, is that the rear club has been operating contrary to the stipulations on which its initial SLA approval was based. Including playing only “ambient background music” throughout the establishment. And that this is just an effort to retroactively legitimize the space.

Below is a refresher on the previously-agreed-upon stipulations:

  1. It will operate as a full‐service restaurant, consisting of Latin Asian fusion small plates, on the ground floor and basement with a bakery café on the ground floor, both floors serving food during all hours of operations,
  2. The hours of operation of the restaurant will be 5:00 P.M. to 4:00 A.M. all days and the hours of operation of the bakery will be from 6:00 A.M. to 12:00 A.M. all days,
  3. It will play ambient background music only, consisting of recorded music in the bakery and recorded music and DJs in the restaurant on the ground floor, and recorded music, DJs and live music, specifically live jazz, in the basement but will not have promoted events or any event at which a cover fee will be charged,
  4. Patron dancing will be in the basement only if permitted by law,
  5. It will close any façade doors and windows at 10:00 P.M. every night,
  6. It will not have a standup or service bar in the bakery which, along with its kitchen for baking, will span the entire front façade, and
  7. It will employ security personnel Tuesdays through Saturdays always and other days as needed and otherwise operate consistent with the attached security plan.

EMM will again appear before CB3 tonight. It should be a doozy.

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