Longtime Nightlife Promoter Eyes Vacated ‘Stanton Social’ Space for New Lounge [Updated]

Posted on: May 20th, 2019 at 5:00 am by

Stanton Social is not five months in the grave, and we already have a preview of the next chapter.

The collective ownership of the liquor license – twenty-four individuals, in fact – are divesting with a corporate change. Two new principles are instead taking the reins at 99 Stanton Street, effectively creating a new business. The application questionnaire on file with Community Board 3 indicates that Bryan Zaslow, owner of recruitment firm JBCStyle and Jo Ellen Gabel are the new principles of the “Eatdrinkles” corporation.

On staff will be Gabel’s son, Jon Gabel, an armed services vet who’s been in the scene since the 1990s. (The Gabels are also behind event promoters Joonbug Productions, which netted several negative reviews.)

Jon Gabel began his nightlife career in 1997 by investing his own money to purchase J.L. Sullivan’s, a sports bar on the Upper East Side.

Stanton Social closed back in December (New Year’s Eve) after a thirteen-year run. An expiring lease and increased rent were culprit, according to co-owner Chris Santos.

Meanwhile, it’s unclear why CB3 initially treated this as a corporate change and not a new liquor license application altogether. The item is now calendared to appear on the SLA subcommittee agenda tonight, rather than a rubber stamp approval.

UPDATE 8:00am: the LES Dwellers reached out to say that they’ve confirmed with SLA today that this will likely be handled as a new application and not a corporate change.

UPDATE 3:00pm: co-applicant Bryan Zaslow tells us that there is no relation at all to Irish Exit or the 2014 lawsuit, and that he doesn’t own a Westchester grocery. He also confirms that the concept for the Stanton Social space will be similar in nature – high-end cocktails and food with an emphasis on a “more mature demographic.”

Stanton Social Corporate Change Questionnaire by BoweryBoogie on Scribd

Recent Stories

Protest Violence: LES Small Businesses Vandalized

A fifth night of protests spilled onto lower Orchard Street yesterday, as several businesses were vandalized. The Roasting Plant coffee shop, R&D (formerly Brigitte) on Canal street, and the Alexander Olch boutique, were all hit. Shattered windows and looting. It’s unclear what was taken from each store. With regard to Olch’s store, vandals tagged it […]

Scenes from the Looted Streets of Downtown [PHOTOS]

A weekend of violent protests and looting – fueled by the death of George Floyd at the hand of Minneapolis cops – left downtown Manhattan charred and shattered. Businesses in SoHo up to Union Square were some of the hardest hit. Boogie contributor Eddie Panta was eyewitness to the smash-and-grab bedlam. Part I: The Nike Store […]

DIY Banner Hung Above FDR Drive in Tribute to George Floyd

Whenever an event of significance hits the news, neighbors can easily expect a new banner unfurled on the Delancey Street foot bridge over the FDR. Indeed, for the third time in as many months, a new message. “I can’t breathe,” a tribute to George Floyd, for whom these were final words. While being placed in […]

Despite Lockdown, ‘Bel-Fries’ Overcrowded Ludlow Street with a Major Party on Sunday

What lockdown? In Hell Square, it’s almost as if the last few months were in vain. Sunday afternoon saw an overflowing party for the opening Bel-Fries on Ludlow Street. It was seemingly planned for maximum marketing value, despite the COVID-19 lockdown. A “Miami style” event with luxury cars, deejay booth, professional photo rigs, and plenty […]

Aerial Photos Call into Question City’s Decision to Fully Demolish 70 Mulberry Street

On the evening of January 23, as Chinatown residents prepared for the Lunar New Year, a devastating five-alarm fire decimated the former PS23 at 70 Mulberry Street. Nearly five months later, many in the neighborhood continue to question the city’s choice to fully demolish the facility. Especially after the emergence of aerial photos showing the […]