More on the Winnie’s Reboot Headed to East Broadway
Famed Chinatown dive, Winnie’s, is indeed making a comeback, as first reported here last week. Owner Ching Mei Mui is headed upstairs, reviving the establishment two years after closing the OG on Bayard Street.
Ching Mei Mui will convert the second-floor office space of 58 East Broadway into this newest iteration of Winnie’s. And it’s rather small. Thirty-person capacity, that includes a bar, ten stools, and two or three tables. There is also a kitchen and menu to match. In addition to Karaoke singalongs, Winnie’s will serve burgers, chicken and waffles, and other finger foods.
They’ll go before Community Board 3 for a full liquor license on Monday evening.
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 negotiation. Or lack thereof. Indeed, it was published 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.
(Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, it was also revealed, worked as a bartender and DJ before making history as the first Asian-American to represent any district in Manhattan.)
In the end, the owner chose 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.