Part of Sunshine Hotel to Become Commercial Lofts

CB3 Panel Approves Bowery Steakhouse

Community Board 3’s SLA Committee breezed through a short agenda last night in record time. They approved a full liquor license at 241 Bowery for a steakhouse from Motorino’s Mathieu Polombino. There were not a lot of new details about the concept. An Eater operative/intern was told the menu is being “kept under wraps for now.”  A lawyer representing Polombino emphasized  the restaurant would be next door to the Sunshine Hotel (one of the last SRO’s left on the Bowery), NOT directly beneath the hotel. They hope to add a sidewalk cafe at some point.

Also, a proposal from the guys behind Los Feliz to take over the Bunny Chow space at 74 Orchard got the green light. Andrew Boose outlined plans to open a casual neighborhood spot where you’ll be able to get a burger and fries, fish and chips and spaghetti and meatballs.  

Motorino Team Plans Restaurant at Sunshine Hotel

We have new information this morning about the latest proposal for a high-end restaurant on the ground floor of the Sunshine Hotel, one of the Bowery’s last remaining SRO’s. When Community Board 3’s SLA Committee meets tonight, Motorino chef/owner Mathieu Palombino and his partner, Dimitri Vlahakis, will apparently be making their pitch for opening an 18-table steak house at 241 Bowery, right next to the New Museum.

Nurse Bettie, Bunny Chow, Bowery SRO on CB3’s December Bar Docket

Next week Community Board 3’s SLA Committee will meet to scrutinize December’s liquor license applicants. Pyro-cocktail specialist Apotheke has already been crossed off the agenda, leaving a fairly mundane but still lengthy docket to adjudicate. A few items of note:

  • Nurse Bettie (106 Norfolk) is looking to renew its license but will be made to answer for complaints from neighbors.
  • Hachi Enterprises returns to request a full liquor license at 185 Orchard, the ground floor in the Thompson LES Hotel. This past month, CB3 rejected a wine/beer license from these same applicants because they did not appear before the committee.
  • It appears new owners want to take over the license at the Inhabit Karaoke Lounge (39 Eldridge) and upgrade to a full bar.