Those Plans for a Madison Street Microbrewery are Back in Play
For one Bronx resident, the four-year-old dream of opening a microbrewery on the Lower East Side is back in play.
Paolo Rico Sarthou Tagatac is the proprietor listed in liquor license application materials for a new microbrewery-restaurant on Madison Street, catty corner to Mr. Fong’s. Plans for this concept – a kitschy play on words named That Witch Ales You – were initially conceived way back in early 2014, but are now back on the front burner. Same deal, same address; in the former hair salon at 116 Madison Street.
It appears as though That Witch Ales You is mainly dedicated to brewing with a room in the back. There will be one stand-up bar with eleven seats, open until 10pm all days. While beer is the main attraction, there will be bites such as paninis, deep fried meats, fish, fries, and white rice, according to public records.
Community Board 3 did approve Tagatac for a beer-only license for the brew pub in June 2014. It made an exception at the time: “although this location is grandfathered noncompliant commercial on a residentially zoned street because of its limited service of beer only and its limited hours of operation.”
Tagatac will return to the advisory committee next week for further consideration.