Mars Bar Coming Back to 2nd Avenue in Some Form [UPDATED]

Posted on: April 30th, 2014 at 6:16 pm by

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Where art thou, Mars Bar?

Community Board 3 just unveiled its SLA docket for the month of May, and with it, a rather curious applicant. It appears that 11-17 Second Avenue, that glass eyesore now known as Jupiter 21, might get a bar after all. But is it Mars Bar?

At the moment, the schedule shows an entity called “Paul Mil Cafe, Inc.” as the applicant of record vying for a full liquor license. You’ll recall, however, that TD Bank has already planted its flag in the entirety of the ground level retail space. So it’ll be interesting to see what shakes out here.

UPDATE: The answer is yes. Owner Hank Penza made good on his promise to return to this very spot, and is reportedly opening some version of the Mars Bar here. He tells Bedford & Bowery:

Will it be a bar? a restaurant? “We have to decide all that,” he said, indicating that the ownership has changed and he now owns 50 percent of the bar, with three partners owning the other half. The 80-year-old declined to say who the other partners were or whether they owned other establishments.

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Could a Mars Bar return be possible in the current atmosphere of the East Village?

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