Restaurant Row Vet Looking to Open ‘The John Lamb’ at the Old Brannon’s on Essex Street

Posted on: November 5th, 2014 at 6:06 am by
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A culinary veteran of Midtown’s Restaurant Row is headed to the Lower East Side. Joseph Valentine, whose FireBird Restaurant served theater-goers Russian food for over eight years until this summer – is gunning to open a new joint at 119 Essex Street. For those following at home, this address was previously Brannon’s, which still promises a reopening per computer printout on the door (i.e. closed for renovations).

Valentine is proposing The John Lamb, a 10-table bar-restaurant that offers simple “American” food. The Certificate of Occupancy allows for 50 patrons; there will be one bar with 11 stools; closing times are pegged at 2am during the week and 4am on weekends. For this, he seeks a full liquor license from Community Board 3 at the upcoming SLA subcommittee meeting.

This one appears to be a straight-up bar situation on the outskirts of Hell Square.

Brannon’s closed down back in August after a quick ten months in business. Before food became the default at 119 Essex, smut ruled with the Sunflower Video.

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Sunflower Video, February 2010

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