Liquor License

‘Taqueria Diana’ Plants a Flag on Clinton Street, but there Won’t be Margaritas

Posted May 31, 2017 at 5:14 am

Taqueria Diana officially marked its territory at 69 Clinton Street this week. Half the storefront marquee pimps painted lettering and a branded red canopy. However, when this new Lower East Side location debuts (the inside is still a mess, so not anytime soon), it’ll do so without (tequila-based) margaritas. The proprietors, whose proposal for full liquor […]

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‘Ginger & Lemongrass’ Vietnamese Spot Posts up at Former Calexico on Rivington Street

Posted May 30, 2017 at 9:28 am

The recent tale of 153 Rivington Street begins with Australian fare, morphs to sit-down Mexican cuisine, and now to Vietnamese stylings. After two years, and a flood of real estate listings later, the space previously occupied by Calexico (and Bondi Road) is finally filled. Remember that this is a Steve Croman-owned property, so there was […]

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Rumor: ‘Mini Rex’ Dry Karaoke Concept Banking on CB3 for Re-vote at Tonight’s Meeting

Last modified April 25, 2017 at 11:10 am

For Mini Rex, the struggle to establish a “dry karaoke” bar on Ludlow Street continues. Despite defeat. You’ll recall that the concept, co-founded by Edouard Gave and Karin Elgai, includes conjoined venues that would include separate entrances for sober and drinking patrons. Different wrist stamps for each side, but booze could be consumed in all the […]

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AAFE Chooses Wine Bar for Newly Converted Space at Pike and Division

Posted April 3, 2017 at 9:27 am

The Lower East Side headquarters of Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) may soon gain an additional revenue stream by inviting nightlife to a block with plenty of it. Division Street between Pike and Ludlow. That’s the story behind the new storefront carved out of their “Housing and Community Services” building at 1 Pike Street (aka 111 […]

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CB3 Votes to Deny Mini Rex ‘Dry Karaoke’ Bar a Liquor License on Ludlow Street [Updated]

Last modified April 10, 2017 at 12:41 pm

Mini Rex is now livin’ on a prayer. The proposed concept for 87 Ludlow Street was dealt a blow last night, when the SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3 telegraphed their denial, forcing the applicant to withdraw. The “dry karaoke” concept (three rooms across two floors) has been gunning to take the reins from Leftfield for […]

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Mini Rex ‘Dry Karaoke’ Concept Still Eyeing Leftfield on Ludlow

Last modified March 13, 2017 at 11:42 pm

Leftfield on Ludlow Street is still for sale, and the leading contender for takeover is a nebulous “dry karaoke” establishment called Mini Rex. The five-year-old skater hang, which also doubles as incubator for baby bands, first telegraphed this move last month when the sale of assets crossed Community Board 3. (It triggers a new license […]

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Hell Square Problem ‘Mazaar Lounge’ Returns for Liquor License Renewal Hearing Tonight

Posted February 6, 2017 at 9:39 am

Problematic Hell Square haunt, Mazaar Lounge, returns to Community Board 3 tonight for its liquor license renewal. Ownership had withdrawn the application at the eleventh-hour last month. This maneuver is oftentimes a tactic employed to wear down opposition. Controversial Foundation co-owner Joseph Torres and Cozy Cafe principals Khaled Boghdedy and Sherif Beshir will stand tall […]

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More on the Winnie’s Reboot Headed to East Broadway

Posted February 2, 2017 at 5:00 am

Famed Chinatown dive, Winnie’s, is indeed making a comeback, as first reported here last week. Owner Ching Mei Mui is headed upstairs, reviving the establishment two years after closing the OG on Bayard Street. Ching Mei Mui will convert the second-floor office space of 58 East Broadway into this newest iteration of Winnie’s. And it’s […]

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‘Mini Rex’ Karaoke Bar Might Take Over Leftfield on Ludlow Street

Last modified February 2, 2017 at 11:11 pm

Out of left field comes a new “sober-style” karaoke bar. In other words, it appears that Leftfield at 87 Ludlow Street is looking to jet. The five-year-old skate-ish bar (and sometimes problem child) will likely close in the coming weeks to make way for what’s described as a “luxury karaoke” concept. The forthcoming Mini Rex — named […]

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Gracias Mama on East Broadway Becomes ‘JaJaJa,’ as Liquor License is Approved

Posted February 1, 2017 at 5:00 am

Gaga over JaJaJa? In the months following our latest update, there has been a flurry of activity inside 162 East Broadway. It is here, within the walls of that two-toned corner, that workers continue to ready Gracias Mama. Only it’s now called something entirely different. Small printouts on the windows both announce and tease the […]

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