Classic Chinatown Dive ‘Winnie’s’ Revived for East Broadway Comeback

Posted on: January 26th, 2017 at 5:00 am by

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It appears that Winnie’s, the classic Bayard Street dive which shuttered two years ago, is resuscitated from the dead. Surprise!

The same ownership is reprising its role in the reboot, currently proposed for the commercial space at 58 East Broadway. The application itself will go before the SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3 later this month for a full liquor license.

Taking the temperature for this proposal, initial response on the ground seems positive.

“Her customers have been ‘asking’ that she reopen ever since she lost the lease to old location,” a reader with knowledge of the deal told us. “Initially she was hesitant but she found the location at 58 East Broadway. That block is mostly commercial.”

From what we understand, Winnie’s 2.0 will be a totally new construction, and without much from the original bar. Karaoke is apparently still part of the model, though.

Few actually thought that the 28-year-old Winnie’s, long home to an eclectic crowd of Chinatown locals and tourists alike, would ever return. Its closure in March 2015 was highly publicized, and much ado over the lease. Indeed, it was revealed at the time that the landlord of 104 Bayard had no interest in renewing the lease, and that Winnie’s had been month-to-month for years.

In the end, the owner decided to rent to someone else. And that someone else, of course, turned out to be Lalo, the trendy new Mexi-Cali bar-restaurant forged from elements of El Rey (chef Gerardo Gonzalez) and Dudley’s (Mateusz Lilpop and Ben dos Remedios).

Lalo may have been called Winnie’s if not for the opposition of the proprietor herself and the backing of the Chinatown community. It opened in November.

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