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.
While we’re on the subject of liquor license applications, CB3’s full board voted on applications from its August and September committee meetings. A few highlights:
- After quite a bit of debate, a license for Basketball City was approved (more on this later).
- Antibes, 112 Suffolk St., won approval for its proposed upgrade to a full bar.
- A new restaurant, Little Muenster at 100 Stanton St., was approved for a wine and beer license.
- Cheeky Sandwiches, 35 Orchard, got the OK for a wine and beer license. Recently owner Din Yates told us customers had been asking for beer along with their po’ boys, so he wanted to oblige. Yates is not thinking in terms of a big expansion (late night hours, expanded menu, etc.)
- Pizza a Casa, 371 Grand St., was approved for a wine and beer license. The stipulations seem to indicate an expansion is in the works here. They read: the business “will operate as a full service pizza restaurant with a cooking school… and retail pizza equipment sales…”
- White Slab Palace, which was briefly closed by the NYPD this past summer, was a no show at the committee meeting, so the full board voted to deny the renewal of the restaurant’s full liquor license.