Liquor License News: Freemans Expands, More Karaoke, Another Orchard Street Bar

Onside K-One, the karaoke club at 97 Bowery.

More details are rolling in concerning the applicants going before Community Board 3’s liquor licensing board next Monday.  Documents posted on CB3’s web site show:

  • Andy Lee wants to expand his K-One karaoke bar to the fourth floor of 97 Bowery.   The liquor license would be extended to seven private karaoke lounges in the growing club.  The new space would be open until 4 a.m. seven days a week.  There are already 12 rooms listed on the bar’s web site; we’ll have to see how many total rooms the owners plan to add.
  • Taavo Somer and Kent Kilroe of the Freemans empire plan to take over 8 Rivington Street, the former home of “The National.”  Based on diagrams submitted to the board, it looks like they want to expand Freemans Sporting Club (their upscale men’s clothing store) into the ground-floor space and add a bar with small plates and appetizers on the lower level.  The lounge would be open 4 p.m. to 4 a.m.  In the past, a few very vocal neighbors have showed up to oppose Somer’s expansion plans for his flagship restaurant in Freemans Alley, just around the corner from 8 Rivington.
  • And the team behind Midtown bar, “Redemption,” on 2nd Avenue, is looking to take over a vacant space at 138 Orchard Street.  They’re seeking a full bar, 4 p.m.-4 a.m. hours and say they’ll be serving “American” food. This place would be on the same block as Lucky Jack’s.

More to come…