Eli Zabar and His Son Are Opening a Bakery-Restaurant at Mott and Kenmare
Third-generation Zabar descendent, Oliver Zabar, is teaming up with dad Eli for a new concept in Little Italy.
The father-son combo is gunning to take over 192 Mott Street, the cornershop last occupied by L’asso pizzeria (they closed last October). Their proposal is simple. This as-yet-unnamed Zabar establishment will become a bakery that doubles as “full service casual lunch and dinner restaurant” with 22 tables and 71 seats (with full liquor license). There will also be a grab-and-go section for takeout customers.
Oliver, 25, grew up learning the ropes inside his father’s eponymous Upper East Side emporium, and reportedly lives near the proposed restaurant.
“I want to bring something great to this neighborhood that everyone can enjoy, and am excited to potentially work on a new project in a neighborhood I love,” Oliver Zabar noted in a comment.
This isn’t the first restaurant venture for Eli Zabar. He also opened Eli’s Night Shift, and Eli’s Table wine bar beside his Upper East Side flagship a few years ago.
Zabar’s arrival on this block is probably not the most welcome news for the Parisi Bakery a few doors north.
Below is a sample menu for the incoming Zabar. Spoiler: it’s not kosher.