Popular Local Spot, Cafe Petisco, Remains Closed

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We’ve been fielding quite a few emails from readers hoping to find out what’s happening at Cafe Petisco, the popular Mediterranean restaurant at 189 East Broadway.

Earlier this month, signage appeared outside indicating that construction on Jefferson Street had forced the collapse of a wall in the basement, “compromising (the owners’) ability to keep the restaurant operating.” It was suggested that repairs would be made as quickly as possible. The note was later removed.

We tried calling Cafe Petisco, but there’s no answer and the voice mailbox is full. No response via the restaurant’s social media, either.

A check of the Department of Buildings website turns up no permits for repairs in the basement. On April 5, a complaint was received about a collapsed wall in the basement. According to the DOB file, an inspector visited the building, but did not find any violations. A notation reads, “All exterior and interior walls are in good condition.”

Then there’s this. On March 29, the city’s Department of Health ordered the restaurant closed, according to city records. But Cafe Petisco was cleated to reopen on April 5.  Its Yelp page was updated a few days ago to indicate a “temporary” closure with a reopening date of May 12.

Any clues what’s going on at Cafe Petisco? Feel free to send us info at tips@thelodownny.com.

 

More on Cafe Petisco’s Decision to Seek Full Liquor License

Cafe Petisco, 189 East Broadway.

The other day we noted that Cafe Petisco, the 5-year old neighborhood restaurant at 189 East Broadway, is applying for a full liquor license.  Right now customers can order beer and wine but no hard liquor.  Yesterday afternoon we spoke with Billy Choi, a manager at Petisco, who explained what the owners have in mind. The idea, he said, is not to set up a full-scale bar (the booze probably won’t event be visible) but to offer a few specialty drinks to go along with brunch and dinner offerings.

Cafe Petisco Seeks Full Liquor License

Cafe Petisco, 189 East Broadway.

Cafe Petisco, the Mediterranean-accented restaurant at 189 East Broadway, has applied for a full liquor license.  The popular neighborhood spot across from Seward Park already has a beer and wine permit, but next month the operators will ask Community Board 3 for an upgrade. The restaurant does a brisk breakfast, lunch and early dinner business, but is usually not very busy in the latter part of the evening.

Last summer, the owners of Eastwood, a bar opening soon at 221 East Broadway (a block east of Petisco) successfully won CB3 approval for a full liquor license in spite of opposition from some local residents and Primitive Christian Church.   The situation is a bit different this time around.  For one thing, Cafe Petisco is an established business, rather than a new venture.  Second, it’s a restaurant — not a bar.  We have a call into Petisco’s owners to find out more about their plans.