Eli Zabar’s ‘Night Shift’ Now Seeks Home on Broome Street

Posted on: April 2nd, 2018 at 5:00 am by

252 Broome Street, June 2017

Team Zabar hasn’t given up on the Lower East Side, it seems. Oliver and dad Eli have been trying to open a downtown version of Eli’s Night Shift without much success.

Now, six months after Community Board 3 levied a full denial of the liquor license application for 54 Mulberry Street (Chinatown), they’re back. Perhaps this third time will be a charm.

The CB3 agenda for April’s SLA subcommittee meeting includes 54 Mulberry LLC as applicant for an OP license at 252 Broome Street, in what was previously home to the Lucky Bee. Deeper digging reveals that this shell company belongs to the Zabar clan; not to mention, its name is a dead giveaway.

Oliver and Eli last appeared before CB3 back in September for 54 Mulberry, but came away empty-handed. The appearance followed a similar play for 192 Mott Street (corner of Kenmare) for an all-day concept that likewise fell through. At the time, the advisory panel didn’t see a public benefit to adding another full license here. Chinatown neighbors also mobilized vis-a-vis the Chinatown Core Block Association. They stated that, after an ongoing dialog with Zabar, they “were concerned that the applicant, who has never operated a business below 14th Street, lacked insight or concern about introducing a destination American food restaurant and bar into a neighborhood with the cultural significance of Chinatown,” according to city records.

Do you think this would be a good addition to Broome Street, between Orchard and Ludlow? Prime Essex Crossing right here…

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