Starr Restaurant Group Wants In on the Bowery Bunker

Posted on: October 3rd, 2013 at 5:25 am by
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‘Twas a good four-year run for Green Depot, but now it’s time on the Bowery is limited. The environmentally-conscious hardware store will likely close in the near future so that the Philadelphia-based Starr Restaurant Group can place a nightspot here. Right next door to newcomer Pearl & Ash.

Starr Restaurant Group is on the Community Board 2 SLA agenda this month. Eater unpacks some of the details on the venture ahead of time, reporting that Stephen Starr is pairing with Joe Carroll (Fette Sau, St. Anselm). Not much else is known, however, other than the eatery will not feature barbecue.

But Starr isn’t the only applicant vying for 222 Bowery. In a bizarre twist, another group under the name Sagardi USA is also looking for a liquor license for the space.

None of this news comes as much of a shock, as the store has been on the open market for years. Sinvin is the exclusive broker, and originally listed the ground-level property back in July 2012.

The YMCA erected the building in 1885 to house the Young Men’s Institute. The intention was to provide a safe and healthy alternative to the sprawling saloon scene at the time. For a mere $4 per month, male members had access to a library, gym, bowling alley, and numerous classes. Membership was rather steady until 1932, when the facility shuttered. By that time, the area became synonymous with drunkenness. And as is usually the case, the poor living attracted artists and writers alike. Indeed, beat poet William S. Burroughs was a resident from 1974 until his death in 1997. The building went co-op in the eighties, and was landmarked in 1998.

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