With ‘Sunita’ Squeezed out, La Contenta Looks to Expand on Norfolk Street
When Sunita Bar faded from Norfolk Street a few weeks ago, word on the street was that La Contenta was to annex the commercial space. And that’s exactly what’s happening.
The news is confirmed this week by a liquor license application submitted to Community Board 3 ahead of the April session. This new extension is called La Contenta Clandestina and will add another seven tables and fourteen seats. The proposal will go before the advisory panel for approval later this month.
Sunita Bar surrendered its liquor license after a sixteen-year tenure at 106 Norfolk Street. “My story is the story of what’s happening on the Lower East Side, with all the changes, development, and greedy landlords,” eponymous owner Sunita Lofters previously told us.
The fate was reportedly sealed after a lease renewal from two years ago went south. Lofters says that her relationship with controversial landlord (and CB3 member) Alistair Economakis had been peachy during the initial lease term. Yet she alleges that the rise of La Contenta’s success next door ultimately spelled an end to that bond, plus a purported twofold increase in the monthly dole.
Despite the price hike, she signed the lease in 2017 with the intention of taking on a partner to help shoulder the burden and open up the kitchen. Yet those plans fell through, leaving Lofters no choice but to walk away.