Warren 77 Partner Still Trying to Take Over Fontana’s on Eldridge Street
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The bid to replace Fontana’s on Eldridge Street is gradually proceeding.
Warren 77 partner Eddie Bilowich and Ise Restaurant’s Manabu Nishigaki (aka Invite Only LLC) return to the Community Board 3 docket tonight to jointly pitch the concept before the advisory body. Their application first appeared as an agenda item three months ago, and was twice withdrawn since. According to submitted materials, the team still seeks a full 4am liquor license on the three floors that previously comprised Fontana’s, including the old basement performance space. Capacity is listed at approximately 274, with space for 24 Tables and 78 seats.
If the Invite Only team gets the go-ahead here, there would be enormous side-by-side clubs (both multi-level) on a small Chinatown block that some area residents are beginning to call “Hell Square South.” That second place is called the Flower Shop, which is an endeavor with friend and colleague Jack Abramcyk.
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.
Below is a sample menu for the forthcoming establishment.