This Former Glass Warehouse on Monroe Street is the Next Venture by the Forgtmenot Family

Posted on: December 21st, 2015 at 5:00 am by

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49 Monroe Street, March 2010

​The Forgtmenot family has another ace up its sleeve, straying from the Division Street block which brought it fame and love from neighbors. A new restaurant is reportedly in the works near popular Lower East Side skatepark Coleman Playground.

One year after Kaplan Glass Works sold its stake in 49 Monroe Street for $3.55 million to Artists’ Hall LLC (the business closed two years earlier), the new owner tried to install a large-scale nightclub. That never happened. An application was submitted to Community Board 3 back in June 2015 for a full liquor license, but was denied outright. And with good reason – lack of applicant outreach and zero experience in nightlife. Instead, the owner completed the whitebox build-out and hosted several parties during the intervening months that irked neighbors (to say the least).

Into that soup steps the Forgtmenot family. Word on the street is that the lease was signed for 49 Monroe earlier this month, and build-out has begun. The new concept, we’re told, is food-first (Southern European fare), but with rec-entertainment like shuffleboard and small bocce court, and a full menu to match. It’ll be called Monroe.

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Booze sought is full OP; 12am closing during the week, and 1:30am on weekends. And given the reputation and track record of Forgtmenot and Kiki’s on Division Street, opposition to Monroe could be minimal. Guess we’ll find out at the SLA subcommittee meeting next month (January).

Meanwhile, the myriad building code issues with 49 Monroe are reportedly being attended to as we speak. As we understand it, the issue of zoning that CB3 brought up during its subcommittee meeting – namely, that it wasn’t commercially zoned – is subsequently resolved. Apparently the Department of Buildings gave the go-ahead two months ago. A second means of egress was also established, preemptively allaying the inevitable concerns of the board.

As for the Certificate of Occupancy, it dates back to 1920 for garage use and factory on the second floor. This is being changed, as well.

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