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.