Empanada Mama Breaks Ground on Allen Street; Full Liquor License Sought
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95 Allen St., future home of Empanada Mama
Empanada Mama is heading toward full upgrade in every sense of the word. Not only will the Colombian joint open a much larger location south of Delancey this spring, but it’s also on the hunt for an OP liquor license.
As previously reported, Empanada Mama last month signed a lease at 95 Allen Street, formerly home to Sorella. Owner Socrates Nanas didn’t really have a choice in the matter, though. Controversial landlord-slash-developer Ben Shaoul is on the precipice of razing the entire corner of Orchard and East Houston for a ten-story condo tumor. The subtle grab-and-go option is in the way.
The new Allen Street digs – now under renovation – is many times the size of its current iteration. Enough to hold not just a few counter spots, but a spread of 21 tables and 70 seats. A full-on restaurant. Moreover, according to application materials submitted to Community Board 3, Nanas looks to maintain 24/7 business hours with food service all times and liquor service ending at 2am.
Given the local track record of Nanas and the fact that this location was previously licensed, the application will probably pass. Those operating hours could become a sticking point, though.
Last we heard, Empanada Mama is expected to launch on Allen Street sometime in June.