‘Lovecraft’ Latest Venture Interested in Former Local 269 Space on Houston
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Another month, another potential suitor for the long-vacant 269 East Houston. The then-three-year-old Local 269 bar shuttered last September after a flood killed the business.
Anthony Yaghobi, a manager of 1849 Restaurant at 163 Bleecker Street, is hoping to open something here called Lovecraft. A brief perusal of application docs shows that the interested party might continue where Local 269 left off. Meaning full bar (4am closing) and live performances. Yaghobi has not been previously licensed.
Since its late-2012 closure, the address appeared on the ensuing SLA agendas rather consistently. Beatrice Inn vet Matt Abramcyk was approved for a venture here last November, but nothing came of it; Eugene Fernandez of the Apocalypse Lounge was a no-show to meetings in both March and April; then last August, something called “Lower East Side NY Bistro Corp” found its way onto the docket, though nothing materialized. This time around, though, the new applicant decided to deliver its materials to Community Board 3 board for consideration.
Meanwhile, 269 East Houston remains on the open market via Massey Knakal at a price of nearly $10 million.