Former ‘Dover’ Chef Opening ‘Char Sue’ at 119 Essex Street
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Brannon’s during better times, 2013
Out goes a sandwich shop, in comes a snack bar. Such is the storyline at 119 Essex Street, a storefront space marked by dormancy the last couple years.
Brannon’s previously held down the fort, as it were, for a meager ten months at 119 Essex before folding in August 2014. (No one was ever in there.) There was still behind-the-scenes activity during the aforementioned vacancy period; restaurateur Joseph Valentine sought to install the John Lamb. He later abandoned 119 Essex, though, and instead joined the new boutique Sago Hotel at 119 Orchard Street. It remains a stalled-out concept many moons in the making.
Meantime, another group of suitors is angling to take over the former smutty Sunflower Video space. Principals Matt Rojas (chef at Rouge et Blanc), Edward Yau, and Evyatar Lapidot (chef at Dover) hope to open a snack shop called “Char Sue.” The establishment will boast only three big tables with 36 seats; there’s also one S-shaped bar with eleven stools. Menu seems pretty limited (below) with a selection of roasted meat, sales, side dishes, and other snacks. Hours of operation 7am to 12am daily.
Because the applicant seeks beer-wine only, and agreed to the standard stipulations set forth by CB3, the concept is fast-tracked for approval. It won’t appear at the monthly meeting in April.