384 Grand St., soon to be La Flaca
Last night, Community Board 3 voted 23-13 (with one member abstaining) to approve a liquor license for La Flaca, a New Mexican restaurant replacing Two Boots Tavern at 384 Grand Street. This morning, we spoke with Daniela Libertini, who’s opening the cantina with her fiance, Bobby Gonzales. Daniela told us La Flaca will begin serving dinner a week from Monday, October 11th. In August, CB3’s SLA Committee approved the application, but the full board’s vote was necessary before a recommendation could be forwarded to the State Liquor Authority. About a half dozen residents of the Seward park Cooperative (located across the street from the restaurant) showed up last night to protest the decision.
Quite a few people seem to be curious about the restaurant replacing Two Boots Tavern at 385 Grand Street. A couple of weeks ago we reported the owners of a new venture put up a petition on the door of the shuttered restaurant — asking neighbors to support their liquor license application before Community Board 3 next month. CB3 has already heard from a few residents concerned about the establishment’s 4am closing time.
Yesterday, we talked with Daniela Libertini, who’s planning to open the New Mexican-style cantina along this lonely stretch of Grand Street with her fiance, Bobby Gonzales. She told me the menu will be made up of simple, home-style dishes — many of them featuring New Mexico’s much sought after hatch chile. Think tacos, enchiladas, Mexican-style corn on the cob, guacamole, nachos and hot cheese dip — among other offerings. The place will be called La Flaca (Mexican for skinny girl).
Since we posted the news on Friday about the new Mexican (or is it New Mexican?) restaurant applying for a liquor license at 384 Grand Street, Community Board 3 has apparently been getting an earful. Susan Stetzer, CB3’s district manager, says emailing letters and calling the office is not such a great idea. Instead, she suggests, come to the SLA Committee meeting in person on Monday, August 16th, with letter in hand. Better yet, coordinate your efforts with neighbors, and bundle your letters in one packet. As we reported last week, the restaurant is looking to take over Two Boots’ full liquor license and stay open until 4am. CB3’s August agenda hasn’t been posted yet, but we’ll let you know when it’s available online.
In spite of the rather uninviting drop-down gate and ever present scaffolding, there are some new signs of life at the former home of Two Boots Tavern. In May, Two Boots owner Phil Hartman called it quits but announced a restaurant featuring “reasonably priced food from New Mexico” would be taking over the space.