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Orchard Street’s Black Tree Expanding Next Door

A former leather goods shop at 131 Orchard St. will be incorporated into Black Tree's existing space.

A former leather goods shop at 131 Orchard St. will be incorporated into Black Tree’s existing space.

Owners of the 1-year-old restaurant plan to knock down walls in the rear of their deep, narrow space and convert the former retail space next door to additional seating and a new, much larger kitchen.

Sandy Dee Hall and Macnair Sillick shared their plans with The Lo-Down this afternoon. On May 12, they will appear before Community Board 3’s liquor licensing subcommittee seeking approval of their expansion, which includes both physical space and hours of operation. They are proposing to extend their evening hours from midnight during the week and 2 a.m. on weekends to 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., respectively.

Black Tree, which was voted “Best New Restaurant” in The Lo-Down’s 2013 readers’ poll, regularly has more customers than space, Hall said, leading to long wait times even on slower weeknights.

The expansion will enable them to seat around 70 diners, more than twice the current capacity. It will also provide new workspace for churning out pasture-raised pork and other meat dishes based on a whole-animal approach, as well as farm-sourced veggie side dishes and appetizers.

Black Tree's bar and front seating area will remain intact; the rear wall will be knocked down to provide access next door.

Black Tree’s bar and front seating area will remain intact; the rear wall will be knocked down to provide access next door.

 

 

Nightlife Notes: Liquor License Applications

Black Tree Sandwich Shop, a veteran of the New Amsterdam Market and currently serving out of a Brooklyn bar, will open as a proper restaurant on Orchard Street.

The liquor licensing subcommittee of Community Board 3 meets Monday night to consider this month’s round of alcohol permit applications. A few noteworthy agenda items now have some details posted online (see below). The presentations by applicants begin at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 19 at the JASA/Green Residence, 200 E. Fifth St. (at Bowery). Read the full agenda here.

131 Orchard St.: Matthew Roff, Macnair Sillick and Anthony Spangler plan to open Black Tree, a sandwich shop, in a former retail store. The proprietors have peddled their sandwiches, featuring locally sourced ingredients, at events such as the New Amsterdam market. The Orchard Street restaurant will be their first permanent brick-and-mortar restaurant. They plan to be open until midnight during the week and 2 a.m. on weekends, with 10 tables seating 20 diners. They are applying for a full bar permit. Roff is the principal in four other establishments with active licenses, including Brooklyn’s The Crown Inn, where Black Tree’s sandwiches are also served.