Zabar Progeny Preps ‘Devon’ for October Launch

Posted on: August 28th, 2018 at 5:00 am by

Team Zabar is busy at work on Broome Street, its first Lower East Side venture to date. The father-son collaboration between Eli and Oliver, respectively, will soon impart a new restaurant here in the former home of Lucky Bee called Devon.

Contractors recently began the major gutting of the premises, as well as installation of kitchen equipment. Hood and stove placements are also visible in the rear of the establishment.

Oliver Zabar, a former manager of Eli’s Night Shift on the Upper East Side, is opening a bar-restaurant at 252 Broome serving “elevated American bar food with French influence.” (Whatever that means.) The New York Times visited the space for a puff piece published this week, and learned that Devon is named for his mother, Devon Fredericks, a major creative influence in the Eli’s empire.

The chef is Ken Addington, who cooked at Five Leaves in Greenpoint; cocktails are under the purview of Sean Saunders.

Expect an October debut.

Having settled at 252 Broome Street was the third-time-charm, so to speak, for the Zabar venture. As previously reported, the plan for Devon dates back to May 2017 in a failed bid for 192 Mott Street; and likewise for 54 Mulberry Street. In both instances, local opposition fended off any Community Board approvals for a liquor license. (Many were concerned that he has never operated a business below 14th Street.)

“I set out to create my ideal neighborhood spot,” Oliver Zabar told the Times. “Good, accessible food; great drinks and a comfortable environment where you can feel at home.”

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