New ‘Tasting Menu’ Bar to Replace the Failed Wash House on 1st Street

Posted on: August 11th, 2015 at 5:18 am by
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For all its PR muscle and groveling at the feet of the State Liquor Authority for wine-beer privileges, the Wash House on East First Street was a total bust. It closed last October after a short-lived eight months in business. Not a huge surprise, as the concept – food and drink while someone washed your clothes in the back – was too gimmicky for its own good.

So, 44 East First Street sat empty and on the open market for as much as $4,500 per month (plus $165K in key). One hopeful has finally come forth to do battle with the block – Terry Tsien.

Terry Tsian was a principal at Flatiron eatery County from 2012 to 2014. Here, he’d like to install a “tasting menu” type eatery with “seasonal, organic ingrendients and baked goods/patisserie.” There is also a catering component, according to application materials filed with Community Board 3. The tasting room will boast five tables with twenty seats. Tsian seeks a wine-beer license.

The Wash House encountered vehement opposition from the 1st Street Block Association and CB3 District Manager Susan Stetzer before its coronation. While the argument for lack of laundromats in the vicinity was acknowledged, its intent to sell booze simply wasn’t welcome on this block between First and Second Avenues. Given the history, we can likely expect a similar turnout of opposition for this applicant, as well.

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