Oysters on Orchard, Boozing at the Sunshine, Back Room Bar at Parkside

167 Orchard Street.

The Lower East Side oyster bar frenzy shows no signs of fading.  Rob Shamlian (Spitzer’s Corner, etc.) and Frank Vivolo (Bruschetteria) will be back before Community Board 3’s SLA Committee this month to outline plans for “Tiny Fork,” a raw bar in the Slipper Room building at 167 Orchard Street.  The board approved their liquor license way back in 2010, but they’re returning to add “downstairs bar.”

Last week we posted the full agenda for CB3’s October 15th committee meeting.  As previously mentioned the Sunshine Cinema wants permission to serve liquor.  The theater’s application, now available on CB3’s web site, details plans for three separate bars; there would be food service as well as beer, wine and hard liquor available.

Further East on Houston Street, the Parkside Lounge hopes to add a bar in the back of its performance space.  There would also be food items, including french bread pizza, breakfast sandwiches, homemade beef jerkey and TV dinners! In the past, Parkside co-owner Chris Lee has told us the second bar is a big part of his plan to make sure the beloved nighlife spot (one of the last divey bars on the LES) keeps going strong for years to come.

One other note.  Ravi Patel of Hotel Chantelle on Ludlow Street will be going before the board to formalize an ownership change.  Partner Benjamin Shih is opting out, so Patel will have a 100% ownership stake in the trendy night spot.