Cafe Gitane Head Eyes Long-Dormant 264 Bowery Store

Posted on: September 30th, 2019 at 5:00 am by

The notorious commercial space at 264 Bowery is finally back in play after five years of dormancy.

The only action at this spot in the interim was a steady stream of real estate listings pimping the doomed space. (Most hovered around $18K.) Yet now it looks like there is a taker.

Luc Levy, principal behind the popular Cafe Gitane mini chain, is now tossing the dice here on the Bowery. Trying where so many others have failed. An application for full liquor is on the books with Community Board 2. It’s worth noting that this location hasn’t held a license in over a decade.

You’ll recall that 264 Bowery is one of the toughest sells on the Lower East Side. For the better part of the last twenty years, a revolving door of failures (and plenty of inactivity) passed through this location.

Sosinna’s Cafe, an Ethiopian-Latin-Caribbean fusion joint opened back in mid-2001. Lenny Kravitz later took over the joint with Denzel Washington to open the short-lived Kos lounge (it had a tight door). That project didn’t quite take, either, and it closed down sometime in 2004. The closest 264 Bowery came to a permanant occupant here was in 2012 with the launch of trendy boutique Dagny + Barstow. That boutique shuttered almost six years ago and the store remains dormant.

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