‘Paloma Rocket’ Craft Beer Shop Opening Soon at 7 Clinton Street
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The Little Laptop Shop ran its course on Clinton Street, having offered computer repairs to Lower East Siders for over five years (but twelve years downtown overall). First at number 9, then to the larger space a few paces north. Proprietor David Bensinger decided to close the shop last October because, in the current repair industry climate, “having the storefront no longer makes sense.”
The newcomer is, naturally, of the booze peddling variety. Behind those drawn security gates at 7 Clinton Street, a business called Paloma Rocket is currently underway. And has been since late last year. It was only this weekend that the brown canopy was updated, albeit temporarily, with the new namesake.
From what we understand, Paloma Rocket is billed as a beer store with wine bar component; principals are Graham Winton and Jacqueline Munson. The whole thing sounds a bit like Top Hops on Orchard Street.
A U-shaped “food counter” sits in the center of the room, where patrons can pick up artisanal flatbreads, grilled cheese sandwiches, tartines, and pizzas.
Community Board 3 already rubber-stamped the Rocket’s tavern wine license as part of its fast-track system in which applicants agree to a standard set of stipulations ahead of time. Winton and Munson filed for a license with the State Liquor Authority in mid-December.
Nevertheless, there are six licensed establishments on the block, despite the presence of the active Chasam Sopher synagogue across the street.