Black Crescent Set to Return in March, More Than a Year After Debilitating Basement Fire
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If Black Crescent on Clinton Street was your jam, luck is finally on your side. Word on the street is that the seafood spot could open as early as next month.
When we last followed up with co-owner Michael Reynolds, he informed us that their Limited Alteration Application permit – required to modify/add plumbing or gas line – was still pending with the Department of Buildings. The basement went ablaze in January 2015, and the premises was in shambles. During this rebuilding phase, Reynolds claimed that Black Crescent was essentially being held hostage for both “reasonable” (ventilation concerns) and “absurd” (paperwork not printed double-sided) objections by the city.
“We had already been inspected and approved by Con Ed to have our gas turned on but then that explosion on 2nd Ave happened and they sent everyone back to DOB. [This process is] more of a nightmare than the fire was, honestly,” Reynolds noted at the time.
Fast forward some six months. The latest news is that the miles of red tape are almost cleared. Sources allege that Con Edison will reinstate the utilities to 76 Clinton Street sometime this week. March 1 is the earliest date set for launch. If not that day, definitely in March.
Black Crescent opened at 76 Clinton Street in December 2013. Thanks to the fire, the restaurant has spent more time on the sidelines than in business. The location was previously home to Alias Restaurant, which served the neighborhood for more than a decade. Much of the painted facade (from Across the Universe) is still intact.