Louie and Chan Finally Opens Today at 303 Broome After 4 Years in Development

Posted on: November 14th, 2013 at 5:21 am by

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Louie and Chan has been in the works for four years

Louie and Chan, the latest project by David Wiesner of Grotto, will open later today at 303 Broome Street after four years in development. (We first told you about this place in June 2011!)

The ambitious restaurant-club concept initially began entertaining the masses in a limited capacity back in September, with all the hallmarks of a swank spot (velvet ropes, bouncer, etc). A tipster had alerted us at the time that the basement portion of the venue, now dubbed “The 303,” was admitting patrons. Turns out they didn’t have the Certificate of Occupancy squared away with the city, and were stopped short of opening. Until now.

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Indeed, a quick check of the Facebook page reveals that Louie and Chan actually debuts today. Club “303” will reportedly open in the coming weeks.

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The current issue of Time Out New York reveals more:

The bi-level space is a cross-cultural blend of Venetian plaster, chinoiserie accents, marble tabletops and Buddha statues. In the 44-seat upstairs restaurant, decorated with tufted booths and marble tables, Naples native Pascuale Frola offers Southern Italian specialties, while pizzaiolo Michele Bisogno pulls novel pies from a wood-burning oven. Frola delves into heartier stock in the 16-seat private dining room, carving large-format feasts tableside.

Down a flight of stairs, the cocktail bar—outfitted with chocolate wainscoting and an oak bar—offers smaller plates and Asian-inflected quaffs, with a nightly lineup of DJs behind the decks.

The State Liquor Authority activated their full liquor license in early October. Community Board 3 had approved the OP with numerous stipulations, including that DJ parties occur soley in the basement, and no more than three times per month. This latest press already contradicts that agreement.

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