Those Plans for a Madison Street Microbrewery are Back in Play

Posted on: April 9th, 2018 at 5:09 am by

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.

Recent Stories

The Year of the Rat Scurries In

It’s the Year of the Rat! This week marks the 21st year of New York City’s Lunar New Year celebration, and no doubt the organizers are scurrying around in preparation for a veritable smorgasbord of festivities. As in years past, the festivities will kick off with the explosive Firecracker Ceremony Saturday morning at 11:00am (January 25) […]

Public Hotel-Adjacent Condo Ascends 4 Stories

The north end of Chrystie Street continues its gilded march toward luxury. Despite the scruffy park at its doorstep. Owner-developer KD Sagamore, which scooped up 199 and 201 Chrystie over the last several years for a combined $20 million, filed for re-development back in December 2017. The plans included merging both parcels into one tax lot, […]

Fat Baby Replacement Evicted Before Ever Opening

The Fat Baby space is again up for grabs. Eviction papers were taped to the door last week, indicating that the latest proposal for the Suave Bar and Restaurant is dead in the water. Suave was the third suitor in the last year for 112 Rivington Street. Principal Erinson Salce (of Sahara East on First […]

Christopher Marte Launches City Council Campaign for 2021

Christopher Marte is jumping back into the City Council election ring. With three-time Councilmember Margaret Chin terming out next year, the local politician is looking to capitalize early on the District 1 seat. Essentially building on the momentum he created during the 2017 election that gave Chin a run for her money. (The incumbent squeaked […]

The Delancey Street ‘Rainbow’ is No More

Discount retailer, Rainbow, is no longer part of the Lower East Side landscape. The longtime store at 110 Delancey Street is now closed up for good. Employees told us back in October that the lease expired, and wasn’t renewed. This particular store had been at 110 Delancey for well over a decade. At one point […]