Cocktail Lounge Eyes Former ‘Suffolk Arms’ on East Houston

Posted on: September 12th, 2018 at 5:00 am by

Dead and buried for five months, the former home of Suffolk Arms is again under consideration. An as-yet-named restaurant-slash-cocktail bar is on the Community Board 3 docket this month for full liquor license approval.

According to paperwork filed, the potential proprietors of the new establishment – Antonio Martinez, Awilda Martinez, and Rachel Bocatto (269 Bar Partners LLC) – propose eight tables and thirty-three seats and closing time of 4am all days. The application questionnaire is rather light on other details of the bar, and our questions to the operators were not immediately answered.

The applicants will appear before Community Board 3 next week (September 17) for a license recommendation.

Suffolk Arms first hit the scene in early 2016 after a long line of onetime hopefuls fizzled out. The nightspot took over from Local 269 – itself knocked out due to flooding – and featured an extensive cocktail list alongside an American-style menu. Inside, the walls were stocked with sketched portraits of influential New Yorkers by the hand of Seattle-based artist Mandilla Blouin – Gil Scott-Heron and Ed Koch to Grandmaster Flash and Whoopi Goldberg.

It remains to be seen whether Martinez and company would keep any of it.

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