Fontana’s Closes This Weekend; Neighbors Worry that the Adjacent ‘Flower Shop’ Bar is in Play for the Eldridge Street Space

Posted on: March 14th, 2016 at 5:13 am by
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You have less than a week to pay your respects to Fontana’s Bar on Eldridge Street. If it’s your jam. As previously reported, the longtime multilevel bar is closing shop after more than twelve years on the block. The departure is a result of an impossible rent escalation to $30,000 per month for the sprawling space.

Proprietors Holly Ferrari, Mary Finn, and Deannie Wheeler had earlier quipped that “it has become increasingly hard to be an independent business in New York city without compromising your vision.” There is a two-day farewell planned for March 19-20 (#loadoutfontanas). Next weekend. Bands will be playing, booze flowing.

In the meantime, the drama is cooking next door. Worried neighbors allege that Jack Abramcyk is very much still involved in the Flower Shop bar-restaurant concept proposed for 107 Eldridge. At least in some capacity. The ultimate goal, the theory goes, is that a play is being made for the Fontana’s space at some point in the future.

“Simonez Wolf, who was Jack Abramcyk’s partner in the Cafe Bambi venture, is one of the first signatories on the petition to support a liquor license for this ‘new’ project,” a reader notes. Wolf, of course, is best known for working the door at the Beatrice Inn, the Standard, and for recently opening the Football Cafe FC on Forsyth Street.

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The Blackfires play Fontana’s, February 2012

Moreover, a birdie tells us that one of Abramcyk’s relatives is reportedly acting on behalf of the property owner regarding both commercial spaces. There was some mumbo-jumbo about the landlord wanting retail for the Fontana’s half, while offering more favorable rent for the Flower Shop site. Which seems kinda fishy. (What kind of retail could even open there?)

“I just have a paranoid vision of a giant new Beatrice Inn occupying both spaces,” our tipster notes.

Principals William Tisch (Major Food Group), Steven Tisch, Andrew Flynn (Brinkley’s), Dave Turner (Major Food Group), and Dylan Hales (Ruby’s Cafe) are on the CB3 docket tonight to obtain full liquor privileges for their “elevated gastropub” establishment.

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