Longtime Nightlife Promoter Eyes Vacated ‘Stanton Social’ Space for New Lounge [Updated]
Posted on: May 20th, 2019 at 5:00 am by Staff
Last modified on: May 20, 2019 at 4:15 pm
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.”
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