Mars Bar Returns, Saro Bistro Closes? Bar License News for May

Here’s our first look at the bars and restaurants seeking to obtain or upgrade alcohol permits in May, including the possible resurrection of Mars Bar.

Mars Bar to be Demolished in August; the 400 Grand Street Connection

The Mars Bar, The End is Near, East Village, New York City

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Yesterday Crain’s posted an interesting story about the demise of the Mars Bar and the silver lining for several East Village tenants:

An octogenarian playwright, a drag queen and a kvetcher provoked nightly by the bar’s cacophony are among the nine tenants in two adjoining buildings at the corner of Second Avenue and East First Street who will receive (a) sweet deal. At the end of the month, they will vacate their 1920s building, which will be demolished in August. When they return in about two years, each will pay $10 (tax free) to buy an apartment in a 12-story luxury high-rise.

LTO, Mars Bar, Mason Dixon, Hester Street Food Lineup

In addition to our sneak preview of Cafe Grumpy’s impending opening on Essex Street, here’s a roundup of other neighborhood food news breaking today:



Food Wire: Lucky Jack’s, Mars Bar, Unnamed Coffee, Yerba Buena, Satsko

There was a lot of action on the Lower East Side and East Village food scene this weekend:

  • Lucky Jack’s on Orchard made Zagat’s Dating & Dumping Guide as a good place to drop the ball and chain (NYT)
  • A new and unnamed coffee shop opened on Allen Street (Bowery Boogie)
  • Celebrating the art of Mars Bar (The Local EV)
  • The health department closed Yerba Buena (EV Grieve)
  • The tax collector closed Satsko (Bowery Boogie)

Good Morning: More Bike Battles, Mars Bar as Bohemian “Standard Bearer,” Vintage Film

From International Pickle Day to the Hester Street Fair food festival — there’s plenty happening on the LES this weekend.  The weather will (mostly) cooperate.  59 for a high today and rain showers, beginning mid afternoon. Tomorrow, partly cloudy, windy and a hgh of 62. Sunday, partly cloudy and 67.