Co-Owner of The Stand Comedy Club Eyes Basement Bar for 2 Spring Street

Posted on: December 8th, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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Neighbors are up in arms over a new liquor license application for the basement of 2 Spring Street, at the corner of the Bowery. Signs posted in adjacent buildings are even calling on residents to oppose the license at the Community Board 2 meeting tonight. All this, a month after the Sprite pop-up bodega stunt (i.e. Sprite Corner) reportedly hosted parties on both levels.

So, what’s all the fuss about, you ask?

Co-owner of The Stand comedy club in Gramercy – Paul Italia – is on the docket this month for a full liquor license. Apparently it’s another comedy venture. Further plans for the enormous subterranean establishment aren’t immediately available, though mentioning “basement” and “liquor license” in the same breath is usually cause for concern in these parts. Our request for comment from Italia went unanswered.

Meanwhile, there is also some chatter from the opposition that Nudie Jeans could be moved out if any part of the “store” is licensed by the State Liquor Authority.

An additional license on the block would likely have a deleterious effect. Consider the presence of Sweet & Vicious, Mr. Boon’s, Vig Bar, TAO Group’s vandal at 199 Bowery, and the eventual CitizenM hotel monstrosity.

This isn’t the first rodeo for the cellar space at 2 Spring (aka 188 Bowery). Owners of The Liberty in midtown considered opening a 199-seat cellar club last year, but those plans ultimately faded.

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