The Russ & Daughters cafe is happening after all.
A liquor license application briefly appeared on Community Board 3’s agenda this month and then was quickly pulled. At the time, a spokesperson for the appetizing shop told us news of the restaurant was “premature.” Apparently not that premature. Florence Fabricant of the New York Times reports:
Niki Russ Federman and her cousin Josh Russ Tupper, of the fourth generation of the family that founded the smoked fish and herring store on the Lower East Side in 1914, plan to open a 65-seat restaurant in February. It will serve all their specialties, including items like blintzes and gefilte fish. “We have wanted to give the community a place for people to come together and sit down to enjoy our food,” Ms. Federman said. “It’s something my father thought about doing years ago, but now the time is right”: 127 Orchard Street (Delancey Street).