We’ve been keeping a eye on 105-107 Eldridge St., which has been home to the music venue and bar, Fontana’s, for the past dozen years. As The Lo-Down reported last month, the locally-owned spot is closing down in a couple of months due to escalating rent. Meanwhile, a gut renovation of a neighboring space in the same building in moving forward. This week, a new liquor license application emerged for the large space, formerly an Asian restaurant.
Back in the middle of 2014, downtown DJ Jack Abramcyk made his pitch to Community Board 3 for “Cafe Bambi,” a bi-level restaurant/club in an area that’s been attracting more nightlife in recent years. It was listed by Grub Street as one of the top 20 nightlife openings in the fall of 2014.
Now an application has been filed with the community board in the name of William Tisch of “Eldridge Hospitality LLC.” There are 100 seats planned with bars on two levels. Weekend operating hours would be 10 a.m.-4 a.m. The application includes an “elevated gastro pub menu.” You can have a look for yourself here. No information listed regarding the applicant’s background.
Incidentally, the Abramcyk family’s real estate company manages the building for the owner. Ray Abramcyk’s name is listed on Buildings Department records for the renovation project at 107 Eldridge St.