Nick Morgenstern’s ‘El Rey’ Opens at 100 Stanton on Friday

Posted on: September 16th, 2013 at 6:08 am by
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Behind the glass at 100 Stanton Street, work is nearly complete on Nick Morgenstern’s latest endeavor. The Goat Town co-creator is busy preparing a new cafe for the space that previously held D’espresso. Employees onsite reveal its identity as El Rey, and confirmed by the new nameplate on the doorway column.

A recent walkby reveals that the space is dominated by a wall-hanging mirror on which the menu is scrawled with white marker. Standard cafe fare – java to suds and sandwiches – at seemingly modest prices for the neighborhood (i.e. a couple bucks for a coffee).

El Rey received the go-ahead from Community Board 3 for wine and beer privileges back in June, despite being in a saturated zone. Their success in obtaining booze was likely due to a “memorandum of understanding” forged with the LES Dwellers community organization. Early closing hours (11pm all days) and an agreement not to seek an on-premise license definitely helped their cause.

El Rey opens this Friday at 100 Stanton.

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