Oliver Zabar’s ‘Devon’ Debuts on Broome Street Tomorrow

Posted on: November 6th, 2018 at 5:00 am by

The Zabar family finally made it to the Lower East Side.

Oliver Zabar – Eli’s son and a former manager of Eli’s Night Shift on the Upper East Side – is behind this bar-restaurant, which serves a menu “elevated American bar food with French influence.” (Ken Addington is a consulting chef on the project.) As for vibes, it’s a fusion approach. Indeed, according to the hype on the official website, Devon is “Located in an old tenement building on the Lower East Side” and “fuses uptown with downtown, and vintage with modern.”

Devon soft-opened over the weekend, and will make its grand entrance at 252 Broome Street tomorrow.

The establishment itself is named for Oliver’s mother, Devon Fredericks, apparently a major creative influence in the Eli’s empire.

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

Devon on Broome Street has been a long time coming. More than a year, in fact. 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. In the end, 252 Broome proved the third time charm.

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