Gracias Mama

‘Little Canal’ Cafe Soft Opened Yesterday on Canal Street

Posted August 2, 2016 at 5:12 am

Two weeks after our first sneak-peek inside the establishment, Little Canal is now serving on Canal Street. The four-table cafe (plus stool seating) soft opened at the corner of Rutgers yesterday morning. As previously reported, local photographer Jereme Barnas is behind Little Canal. His new American-style haunt serves a menu of “breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches, […]

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The Denny Gallery Opens Summertime Pop-up at Rehabbed 150 East Broadway

Posted July 15, 2016 at 9:19 am

The green is gone. And with it, tendencies to upscale a Chinatown property. You’ll recall that Michael Edelman and Parag Sawhney of real estate investment firm Penn South Capital purchased 150 East Broadway back in February for $4.45 million. They wasted no time overwriting the green facade with a darker hue, and installing its first retail […]

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CB3 Rubs out Happy Ending with Denial of Liquor License Renewal

Posted June 21, 2016 at 5:00 am

Happy Ending is still the scourge of the block, despite its lengthy tenure and subsequent change in ownership. That was the main takeaway from last night’s cumbersome SLA subcommittee meeting for Community Board 3. Happy Ending is an art bar, remember? That was the concept pitched by co-owner, Oliver Stumm, a couple years ago. In […]

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200 Foot Drama: ‘Gracias Mama’ Revises its Concept for 162 East Broadway

Last modified January 31, 2017 at 9:20 pm

Gracias Mama, the Mexican establishment gunning for the corner of Rutgers and East Broadway, is facing more of an uphill battle than principals Koorosh Bakhtiar and Nima Garos (Gelso & Grand) probably anticipated. Even though Community Board 3 approved a full liquor license for this previously unlicensed location (controversial in its own right), the recommendation […]

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‘Roundhouse’ Kickstarts Bid to Open Mexican Joint at 148 East Broadway

Posted May 12, 2016 at 9:19 am

The trickle of nightlife is now a torrent pouring into the eastern fringe of East Broadway. Primarily a commercial district overrun with Chinatown bus stops, the area is getting hotter. It started with the controversial Mexican nightspot – Gracias Mama – proposed by Gelso & Grand’s Nima Garos earlier this year. And now it continues with […]

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Co-Owner of Gelso & Grand Purchased 162 East Broadway for $6.6M Ahead of ‘Gracias Mama’ Restaurant

Last modified January 31, 2017 at 9:20 pm

One small block of Rutgers Street is changing almost overnight, with two new restaurants replacing longtime Chinese businesses. One a bit more controversial than the other. We’ll address the elephant in the room. Gracias Mama wasn’t just a replacement venture taking over a vacated space. No, no. One of the backers in sister restaurant Gelso & […]

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Gracias Mama Sparks Debate at CB3, but Nets License Approval; Plus Dark Room Shenanigans

Last modified January 31, 2017 at 9:20 pm

Last night was the monthly SLA subcommittee meeting at Community Board 3 headquarters. As usual, the affair lasted deep into the night, as emotions and egos flared. By 9:30pm, only four of the seventeen hopefuls had presented. Here are some notes on the establishments that may or may not affect you. Gracias Mama, 162 East […]

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Neighborhood Opposition Mounts Against ‘Gracias Mama’ Mexican Bar on East Broadway

Last modified January 31, 2017 at 9:20 pm

Chinatown east is gearing up for a fight. The proposed Mexican establishment Gracias Mama is on the receiving end of a battle against outsider nightlife. As previously reported, the principal behind Gelso & Grand in Little Italy – Nima Garos – is the candidate currently converting the former Golden Carriage Bakery at 162 East Broadway. […]

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Gelso & Grand Principal Bringing ‘Gracias Mama’ Mexican Joint to 162 East Broadway

Last modified January 31, 2017 at 9:20 pm

​The major gutting just started inside the store at 162 East Broadway. As previously reported, the former Chinese pastry shop (New Golden Carriage Bakery) is undergoing conversion to something more upscale. Gelso & Grand properietor Nima Garos signed the lease on the space back in January to impart a new Mexican restaurant. And we now […]

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