Epstein’s Bar Reopens on Stanton Street (Again)
The northeast corner of Allen and Stanton Streets is again alight.
Epstein’s is back in action. The bro-bar resumed operations last week after a forceful sidelining from its prior reopening this past January. It’s currently business as usual, albeit without much crowding yet.
You’ll recall that Epstein’s originally closed in September 2015 due in large part to nagging code compliance issues at 82 Stanton Street. Namely, the Certificate of Occupancy which outlines commercial zoning that only permits “sales of clothing.” Ownership had attempted over the last few years (and corporate changes) to amend the document to allow for bar-restaurant use and to expand two floors upward, yet without success. Pressure from Community Board 3 and the local block association, LES Dwellers, got in the way.
Needless to say, this return to form for Epstein’s – two months after the bar’s last false start – is likely owed to a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy issued by the Department of Buildings in May. It’s for the ground level only, and expires on August 16. And the liquor license that had been placed in safe-keeping by the SLA is active, according to the website.
Meanwhile, that lawsuit brought by the LES Dwellers against the bar remains ongoing.