Former ’21 Club’ Chef Looking to Open Bar-Restaurant at 178 Stanton Street
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Not much has been happening over at 178 Stanton Street these last couple years. After the Moldy Fig abruptly shuttered in the winter of 2012, the hunt was on to secure a new nightlife occupant. Listings upon real estate listings in the interim seemingly failed. Then six months ago, Pinot’s Palette made a run for the space.
178 Stanton Street was to become the Lower East Side franchise location for Pinot’s Palette, the four-year-old company that pairs painting classes with wine. Due to some issues with their lease, however, the idea wouldn’t last through the summer. There was no appearance before Community Board 3, either.
Next up at bat is a bar-restaurant that doesn’t yet have a name. The hopeful applicants for 178 Stanton (Creative Restaurant Concepts LLC) wish to secure full liquor privileges for their “unique dining and drinking experience.” Materials delivered to CB3 ahead of next month’s SLA meeting detail a restaurant that focuses on “cutting edge American and fusion dishes” alongside the usual libations. Owner-chef Erik Blauberg (21 Club) and partner Jamie Keyte are behind the project.
The one probable wild card here is the basement, which will house the wine and beer cellar, but also include space for a speakeasy-style “lounge.” Proposed closing times are 2am weekdays and 4am weekends.
Reading between the lines of babble, it’s quite likely that this will eventually morph into something that’s a bar first and restaurant second.
Here’s the skinny on what to expect: