269 East Houston Street

Cocktail Lounge Eyes Former ‘Suffolk Arms’ on East Houston

Last modified September 12, 2018 at 12:46 pm

Dead and buried for five months, the former home of Suffolk Arms is again under consideration. An as-yet-named restaurant-slash-cocktail bar is on the Community Board 3 docket this month for full liquor license approval. According to paperwork filed, the potential proprietors of the new establishment – Antonio Martinez, Awilda Martinez, and Rachel Bocatto (269 Bar […]

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Disarmed: Partner Dispute Leads to Shutter of Suffolk Arms

Posted April 24, 2018 at 5:02 am

Suffolk Arms mysteriously shuttered during the first week of April due to “renovations” and “mechanical upgrades.” Sounds convincing … not. Apparently, the closure is related to a dispute between co-owners Giuseppe González and well-regarded bartender Ruben Rodriguez. The former allegedly sought the ouster of the latter this past winter. However, according to a report in […]

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Suffolk Arms Debuts on East Houston Today More Than a Year Later Than Scheduled

Posted February 18, 2016 at 5:17 am

It’s all systems go for Suffolk Arms over at 269 East Houston. For more than a year, this bar signified a failure to launch. But that’s in the past. The plywood was peeled a couple weeks ago, and the window paper carted away. As previously reported, proprietor Giuseppe Gonzales – former bartender at PKNY, Golden […]

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Failure to Launch: Suffolk Arms is Finally Near Opening More than a Year Later

Posted January 11, 2016 at 5:18 am

Suffolk Arms has been in the works at 269 East Houston for well over a year. We first learned about the project in fall 2014, but not through any application at Community Board 3. No, proprietor Giuseppe Gonzales – former bartender at PKNY, Golden Cadillac, and Dutch Kills – decided to circumvent the system altogether, […]

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Former PKNY Bartender is Bringing ‘Suffolk Arms’ to 269 East Houston This Fall

Posted September 10, 2014 at 6:02 am

Where Meow Mix, Vasmay Lounge, and the Local 269 once ruled, another bar hopes to make a dent. Enter Suffolk Arms, the new project by Guiseppe Gonzalez, former bartender of many Lower East Side bars (PKNY, Golden Cadillac). Suffolk Arms will boast an “English pub exterior” with a distinct “New York feel inside.” Whatever that […]

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‘Subject LES’ Principal Rolling the Dice at 269 East Houston

Posted April 2, 2014 at 6:09 am

The owner of Subject LES on Suffolk Street is preparing to expand his nightlife holdings around the corner from the current digs. But technically housed in the same building. Proprietor Matthew Rush is presently applying for a full liquor license at the embattled 269 East Houston Street, which has been unsuccessful in attracting anyone since the […]

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Getting Reacquainted with the Library Lions, Patience and Fortitude

Posted March 6, 2014 at 11:00 am

Some new bar called Patience and Fortitude might be angling for the Lower East Side, but the namesake Lions at the Library came first and have been lounging in Midtown for over 100 years. Since May 23, 1911, Patience and Fortitude have flanked the steps of one of the most beautiful Beaux Arts buildings in New […]

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‘Patience and Fortitude’ Might Replace the Local 269 on East Houston

Posted March 3, 2014 at 6:07 am

Ladies and gentleman, we have another doe-eyed applicant for the long-vacant Local 269 on East Houston Street. Since closing in 2012, this corner dive had previously attracted several entrepreneurs who wished to do the same, yet all of whom struck out. Beatrice Inn vet Matt Abramcyk was approved for a venture here, but nothing came of it; […]

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Street Artist Queen Andrea Shills for Converse with Mural on 269 East Houston

Posted February 12, 2014 at 10:07 am

While 269 East Houston devolves into decrepitude, its owner is pimping the facade for some extra cash. Yesterday afternoon, street artist Queen Andrea and crew were commissioned to paint a mural advertisement for Converse onto the all-black brickwork. She’s apparently a brand ambassador now. Judging by the stamp and signature, the shill is for the […]

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‘Lovecraft’ Latest Venture Interested in Former Local 269 Space on Houston

Posted November 4, 2013 at 6:04 am

Another month, another potential suitor for the long-vacant 269 East Houston. The then-three-year-old Local 269 bar shuttered last September after a flood killed the business. Anthony Yaghobi, a manager of 1849 Restaurant at 163 Bleecker Street, is hoping to open something here called Lovecraft. A brief perusal of application docs shows that the interested party might continue where […]

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