Barramundi and 2nd Floor on Clinton to Close on July 29
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2nd Floor on Clinton is donezo. The popular upstairs speakeasy – owned and operated by the Barramundi crew – mixes its final drink on Wednesday, July 29.
Primary principal Tony Powe is unloading the assets for both establishments at 67 Clinton Street to Tim Gashi and Valentino Gjakaj, as previously reported. Community Board 3 approved the sale (including the OP license) at its SLA subcommittee meeting earlier this week.
The replacement venture is a bilevel bar-restaurant that serves “Italian Salumi and cheses menu.” While there will be a bar on the second floor, it’s service only.
As for where the 2nd Floor on Clinton staff is headed … according to a recent email blast, “Ektoras [Binikos] is planning his own cocktail lounge in Harlem and Sarah [Miller] is concentrating more on her successful career in modeling and acting. Tony [Powe] continues to build out the Zipcard networking program on the Lower East Side and is exploring new ventures in hospitality.”
The first incarnation of Barramundi was actually at 145-147 Ludlow alongside Collective Unconscious. It closed in 2004, and the buildings were demolished for a vacant lot. That parcel is being developed as we speak, though. Barramundi moved to 67 Clinton Street in 2005. 2nd Floor on Clinton followed a few years later.
Meanwhile, renovations last May to spruce up the image didn’t work out so well for Barramundi.