Community Board 3’s SLA Committee breezed through a short agenda last night in record time. They approved a full liquor license at 241 Bowery for a steakhouse from Motorino’s Mathieu Polombino. There were not a lot of new details about the concept. An Eater operative/intern was told the menu is being “kept under wraps for now.” A lawyer representing Polombino emphasized the restaurant would be next door to the Sunshine Hotel (one of the last SRO’s left on the Bowery), NOT directly beneath the hotel. They hope to add a sidewalk cafe at some point.
Also, a proposal from the guys behind Los Feliz to take over the Bunny Chow space at 74 Orchard got the green light. Andrew Boose outlined plans to open a casual neighborhood spot where you’ll be able to get a burger and fries, fish and chips and spaghetti and meatballs. Noting that the past three restaurants in this location have failed, Boose asked for the committee’s blessing to stay open until 4am (they agreed). He said the place would be open for lunch and he might bring in dj’s (as often as twice a week). Los Feliz partner Rob Shamlian (who also opened Mason Dixon, Spitzer’s Corner and Fat Baby) was in attendance last night but did not speak. His name is not on the SLA application.
One other note: Nurse Bettie, 106 Norfolk, won approval for a renewal, in spite of noise complaints for neighbors (we’ll have more on this later).