After Years of Vacancy, Ernesto’s Spanish Restaurant Opening on East Broadway

Posted on: August 19th, 2019 at 5:05 am by

Way down East Broadway, at the corner of Montgomery Street, an upscale corner tenant is entering the fray. This after five years of apparent on-and-off storefront warehousing by a controversial landlord.

Eater had the scoop last week, revealing that Quality Eats executive chef, Ryan Bartlow, is opening a new restaurant here at 259 East Broadway. The first solo project is a fifty-seat spot called Ernesto’s and will serve a menu of Spanish Eats from the Basque region. Expect pintxos, stews, soups, meats, and fish.

Bartlow, who’s lived on the Lower East Side for the last decade, plans to open sometime in “late fall.”

News of Ernesto’s arrives years after Davitta Niakani considered opening an all-day cafe here, plans which ultimately fizzled.

Big Apple Grocery & Deli previously occupied this corner space. It fled in 2014 shortly after controversial landlord R.A. Cohen & Associates purchased the building for $3.5 million. The bodega later reopened a couple blocks away at East Broadway and Clinton Street. Their former footprint quickly transitioned to luxury retail, yet pretty much sat dormant during the interim, save for a brief flirtation as the art gallery of Coustof Waxman.

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