One and One Owners Look to Booze up Another Corner of East Houston with ‘One for the Frog’

Posted on: December 3rd, 2014 at 5:00 am by

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Preserve 24 during its funeral, August 2014

As we first reported last week, 177 East Houston is getting new legs as One for the Frog. This cursed corner spot, which straddles Sugar Cafe onto Allen Street, was previously home to the epic failure Preserve 24.

Based on the application submitted to Community Board 3, it appears that the owners of One and One (founded 1998) are behind the new venture. Terry Dunne and partner Paul O’Sullivan are planning to jump East Houston with a “first class restaurant on the ground floor with a corresponding lounge in the basement.” Neighbors in the immediate vicinity see the application for what it is, though – a tavern. There are already winds of fear that this will morph into a “Hair of the Dog 2” situation. Only much worse given the sizeable footprint.

Executive Chef Agustino Sanchez is on board for a fusion menu comprised of Mexican and French cuisine. It’s worth noting that the applicants are banking on the restaurant component to obtain blessings. We’ve seen this before. Poring over the documents on file, we see that “tavern” is marked on the SLA filing, meaning food sales needn’t meet the 50% threshold of a restaurant. Basically, alcohol is the predominate revenue stream. Stating the obvious, especially given the size of this space. There’s almost no way a straight-up restaurant can make it here.

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When One and One installed new neons, August 2012

There will be two stand-up bars on premise – one on each floor – each measuring roughly thirty feet. The Certificate of Occupancy is for 252 patrons. 2am closing times are sought during the week, 4am for weekends.

Herewith, an excerpt from a letter sent by Terry Dunne and Paul O’Sullivan to the (affected) local block associations:

Our intention is to open a first class restaurant on the ground floor with a corresponding lounge in the basement. We have partnered with Executive Chef Agustino Sanchez former chef of the New York Athletic club. Mr. Sanchez is formally trained in the French school and now combining his formal training with his Latin roots to create a fusion of exquisite Mexican-French cuisine. We cannot wait to bring this delicious concept to the public.

In the lounge we plan to offer a more casual version of the upstairs menu. The lounge will also be made available for Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, corporate and other special events.

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