‘Pinky Swear’ the New Kid on the Bowery Block

Posted on: May 7th, 2020 at 5:04 am by

The thick of a pandemic might not be the best time to open a new bar on the Bowery, but such is life.

To that end, the former home of Pearl & Ash at 220 Bowery might soon reanimate after three years of vacancy. Something called Pinky Swear.

The applicant appeared (virtually) before Community Board 2 last week – via Zoom – for a full liquor license at this address. Plans call for a French Caribbean fusion restaurant.

Of course, the mere mention of “fusion” in an establishment often portends more bar and less restaurant. And voices of opposition were clear – OP licenses are aplenty in this area; there is a single-room occupancy above (alongside the Bowery House hostel); and the Bowery Mission and its chapel are directly across the street and potentially fall under the 200-foot rule.

Nevertheless, the full board backed the license application, pending the state determination on proximity to the church.

The elephant in the rooms remains standing, though. In the wake of COVID-19, if they build it, will they come?

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