‘Organika’ Principal Seeks to Open ‘Galeria’ Vegetarian Spot on Clinton Street
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Six years after its debut in the West Village, the Organika wine bar team is headed east. An expansion of sorts, albeit with an artistic bent.
Last month, ownership (i.e. Jairo Barros) submitted application materials to Community Board 3 for a new concept at 43 Clinton Street (south store), previously home to urban outfitters Coat of Arms. Meaning, a heretofore unlicensed clothing store is being converted to fit within the confines restaurant row.
However, this iteration – dubbed Galeria – will boast a menu that explores the “gourmet side” of vegetarian/vegan options imported from Organika. And as its name hints, everything offered is organic, from the food to wine and spirits (assuming a full liquor license is netted, of course).
The proposed four-table restaurant will also double as an art gallery and “concept store.” Or, to be precise, they’ll be selling “unique installations from the decoration of the store (tables, stools).” Hours of operation are 8am to 12am all days, which might be a tough sell.
Joint boutique Coat of Arms/Lower East Side Clothing Co. departed 43 Clinton last summer due to a rent hike.