Paulaner Brauhaus on the Bowery Seeks 12-Table Sidewalk Cafe
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The barely two-year-old Paulaner Brauhaus continues to struggle for business. The place is rarely at capacity, and is usually a ghost town during prime hours. A mural by Beau at the end of last year helped on the visibility front, but probably wasn’t enough. So, ownership now seeks sidewalk seating for greater visibility.
According to the application submitted to Community Board 3, the goal is to impart twelve two-top tables with twenty-four seats. Adding together the interior capacity, we’re now talking over 120 patrons. Putting another sidewalk cafe here further constricts passage at this highly-trafficked intersection. If added, the four corners of Bowery and East Houston would be nearly overrun.
CB3 will hear the case tonight, with a full board vote at the end of the month. The Department of Consumer Affairs has final say over the matter, though, but it’ll likely go through.
Paulaner opened this flagship brewery at 265-267 Bowery in November 2013. Attias Oven Corp./Cannon Co, whose proprietor owns the building, subsequently moved its restaurant supply store to Brooklyn. The beer business hasn’t been great since inception. There was a two-month closure last year, which ended with a shakeup in ownership and slight brand uplift; it reopened in June 2014.
265-267 Bowery was once home to the legendary Sammy’s Bowery Follies.