Mr. Fong’s Principal Looking to East Broadway for Newest Hangout

Posted on: July 1st, 2021 at 5:00 am by

The owner of popular party spot, Mr. Fong’s, is readying a new concept on the Lower East Side.

City records show that Aisa Shelley, who also owns Oliver Coffee, plans to open an establishment geared toward “coastal Italian cuisine. He’s teaming up with Roman Grandinetti from Regina’s on Orchard. Space chosen is the former home of Mission Chinese Food at 171 East Broadway, which closed due to coronavirus challenges last September.

Pitching itself as a restaurant, the liquor license application to Community Board 3 seems to point in a different direction. Shelley hopes to impart bars on the ground floor and cellar, and operate between noon and 2:00am daily.

Given the popularity of Mr. Fong’s, and the boisterous nature of 169 Bar next door, some neighbors are worried about the addition. Namely, the long-dormant SPaCE Block Association.

Shelley will appear before the SLA Subcommittee for a full liquor license on July 12.

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