New at Yunnan Kitchen: Dessert

The menu at Erika Chou’s Clinton Street restaurant is expanding with the arrival of a talented young pastry chef.

Yunnan Kitchen Coming to 79 Clinton St.

The storefront at 79 Clinton St. has been shuttered since the Lucky variety store closed last year.

It looks like 79 Clinton St., the former Lucky variety store and once-rumored Falai expansion, finally has a new tenant. Later this month, Community Board 3’s liquor license committee will field an application from Yunnan Kitchen, a new Asian restaurant whose owners are seeking a beer and wine license.

CB3 Wire: New Bars Proposed, Approved

At Cheeky's Sandwiches on Orchard, you can soon get a beer with your po' boy.

Community Board 3’s October meeting agendas will be released later today. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the Lower East Side restaurants going for liquor licenses when the SLA Committee convenes Oct. 17.

A place called Yunnan Kitchen is applying for a wine and beer license at 79 Clinton St., where Falai Panetteria is currently located. As we have reported, there’s some speculation that the Italian bakery might move into a larger space in the same building. Owner Iacopo Falai told the Times he would keep the cae open, while closing the more formal Falai Restaurant a few doors to the north on Clinton Street.

An establishment named “Salita” is apparently taking over another space on the neighborhood’s so-called “restaurant row.”  They’re looking for a full liquor license at 60 Clinton St., where Spanish restaurant 1492 is now. The space, incidentally, boasts one of the LES’s more inviting backyard gardens.

The troubled storefront at 189 East Houston (most recently Masala Twist) is about to get a new tenant. “HSC Clam” will be going for a wine and beer license.

Officially for Rent: Falai’s Former Home

The restaurant formerly known as Falai is for rent at 68 Clinton St.

As we noted two weeks ago, Falai has closed its doors after nearly seven years at 68 Clinton St. From The Lo-Down inbox, we now learn that the restaurant is ready for a new tenant. Broker Steven Kamali’s firm has listed it at $8,800/month, with a 10-year-lease and a $250,000 fixture fee. The restaurant seats 40 diners inside, and 20 more in the 600-square-foot garden. There’s also a 1,000-square-foot basement.

Falai Panetteria, the casual cafe across the street at 79 Clinton, remains open for business but is listed for rent as well, at $6,300/month.

Is Falai Closing?

Photo via Eater.

Are Falai and Falai Panetteria on Clinton Street being sold?  Grub Street picked up on an item in restaurant insider Steve Kamali’s newsletter, indicating: “Falai’s ten-year lease is available for $8,800 a month, and Panetteria’s is going for $5,500 a month with eleven years remaining.”

Last month, Grub Street reported that Iacopo Falai was drawing up “very preliminary” plans to open another spot on the Lower East Side’s restaurant row — at 77 Clinton Street.

Yesterday, an employee at Caffe Falai on Lafayette Street told the blog that nothing was final but that the Clinton Street restaurants “might close.”  Grub Street hopes “the restaurateur is simply consolidating to a space that’s somewhere between his sit-down restaurant and the more casual panetteria, but we can’t say for sure at this point.”