Starr Restaurant Group Bid for Bowery Bunker Steakhouse Doesn’t Look Good
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If the new real estate signage in the windows of 222 Bowery is any indication, Starr Restaurant Group may have hit a dead end.
You’ll recall that restaurateurs Joe Carroll and Stephen Starr had been battling both the community and city in order to open an “approachable” steakhouse here at the “Bunker” building. The proposal would allegedly “combine classic warmth and charm with a contemoprary and affordable menu.” Its bid previously passed Community Board 2, but neighbors led by the Bowery Block Association continue to allege illegality. They maintain that the proposed restaurant violates the 1987 shareholder agreement with the 222 Bowery co-op.
While the liquor license remains in State Liquor Authority purgatory, it’s difficult to ignore the implications of the new Sinvin sign and real estate listing. Further to the latter, the literature notes that the space is “available immediately for pop-ups.”
Neither Starr Group nor Sinvin were available for comment on the matter.
222 Bowery often doubles as a homeless encampment in the warmer months. The front steps are now even more populated due to the vacancy.