Shane Covey and Adam Elzer Planning to ‘Upstate’ Former Preserve 24 Space

Posted on: September 30th, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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Deemed by many as a cursed space, 177 East Houston may soon be revived as another nightlife venue.

This enormous L-shaped property at the corner of Allen Street was previously occupied by Preserve 24, a concept so kitschy and ambitious that it tripped over its own shadow. It lasted just barely one year at this address, having spent more time under construction. Landlord Serge Hoyda evicted the owners in September 2014, and has been seeking a replacement ever since.

Then last December, Terry Dunne and partner Paul O’Sullivan (owners of One and One) considered hopping the boulevard to open One for the Frog. That project never got off the ground, thanks in large part to negotiations with the LES Dwellers that ultimately hit an impasse.

And now, another team of hopefuls is on line for the distinct honor of filling 177 East Houston (aka 200 Allen). Familiar names, at that. Look no further than Upstate…

Fresh off an aborted attempt at a second East Village location, Shane Covey and Adam Elzer (operating partner at Sauce, Empellon) are headed to Hoyda’s property. According to application materials filed with Community Board 3, the restaurant vets have partnered with Perry Rahbar, and plan to open another location of popular hangout, Upstate.

The two-floor endeavor will boast 41 tables and 125 seats, plus a ten-foot bar on each level. There is a Certificate of Occupancy for 150 patrons. Operating hours are tentatively 9am to 2am daily. However, food offering remains ambiguous.

Covey and Elzer will do battle with the SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3 on October 19, 6:30pm.

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