Cafe Henrie Shutters on Forsyth Street After 2 Years

Posted on: November 17th, 2017 at 5:00 am by

Cafe Henrie, the artsy eatery founded by nightlife maven (and street artist) Andre Saraiva on Forsyth Street, closed earlier this week. Thus capping two years on the block.

All elements of the establishment are gone, replaced with token brown paper in the windows.

In retrospect, the writing was on the wall back in the summertime when ownership applied to Community Board 3 for a license upgrade. However, its play for full liquor was rebuffed by the committee. The resolution stated that the applicants failed to show a public benefit for another OP license with twelve others inside 500 feet (and house of worship within 200 feet). Not to mention, the bar was set much higher as 116 Forsyth Street is an unlicensed location. In addition, fifty-eight 311 complaints were registered for this location within the past year alone.

That CB3 judgment was apparently enough to help sink the operation.

Henrie itself was conceived as a laid back “seven-to-seven” French joint, and officially opened to the public in September 2015. Its pedigree included partners Omar Pringle, Andre Saraiva, and Brett Robinson. They had briefly considered expanding with a new location down the block at 70 Forsyth Street a year later, but that did not come to pass, either.

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