‘1Oak’ Doorman Eddie Bilowich Angling for Nightspot at Fontana’s Space on Eldridge Street
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Looks like Fontana’s already has its replacement on Eldridge Street. And the identity of its principal and pedigree – Eddie Bilowich – might have neighbors further worried. Word of the new contender arrives more than three months after the longtime bar and performance venue called it quits.
Bilowich, the current head doorman at 1Oak (the Butter Group), apparently runs in the same circle as the Abramcyks. With Cafe Bambi out, neighbors contend Jack still remains involved in that Flower Shop nightspot under construction next door at 107 Eldridge Street. (Bilowich was doorman at the Bunker Club a few years ago.) According to application materials submitted to Community Board 3 this month, Bilowich seeks a full liquor license on the three floors that previously comprised Fontana’s, including the old basement performance space. It appears live music might return. That chatter about the landlord (also owns 107 Eldridge) possibly seeking retail for this space was seemingly a red herring.
If Bilowich gets the go-ahead here, there would be side-by-side clubs (both multi-level) on a small Chinatown block that some area residents are beginning to call “Hell Square South.”
Our request for comment from Bilowich has gone unanswered. We’ll have more information on his application in the coming days.
Fontana’s spent twelve years at 105 Eldridge Street, but closed back in March. The departure was a result of an impossible rent escalation to $30,000 per month for the sprawling space.