Landbrot Bakery’s LES Location Opening Tomorrow

Landbrot, a purveyor of German breads and beers, says its new LES location is "more bar than bakery."

The owners of long-delayed Germany bakery Landbrot have finally set an opening date for their store at 185 Orchard St.: tomorrow.

The West Village “flagship” location opened this spring, but the LES location was beset with “construction issues,” according to Landbrot’s PR reps, who gave us an update last month. If you’re wondering about the difference between the two venues, here’s what owners Volker Herrman and David Rothe have to say about the Orchard Street outpost on Landbrot’s website: “Landbrot LES is more bar than bakery. Open until 4AM Friday and Saturdays, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy late-night drinks and bites.”

Coming Soon: Landbrot Bakery at 185 Orchard St.

Landbrot Bakery, a purveyor of German breads and beers, didn't meet its own deadline of "late summer 2011," but its publicists say its debut is imminent.

Lower East Siders who have been drooling at the prospect of home-baked German breads, pastries and pretzels, along with some rare German microbrews, take heart: Landbrot Bakery really does plan to open soon.

The bakery’s publicist tells us that the much-hyped eatery likely will open “by May 16,” though the owners have not confirmed a specific date.

The signs on the door have been advertising “late summer 2011″ since, well, summer 2011. The sister enterprise by the same name in the West Village is up and running, but the storefront at 185 Orchard St. has remained wrapped in paper, with occasional postings of new opening dates that came and went.

Food Wire: German Bread, Food/Roof Dining at Hotel Chantelle, Real Buttermilk

Hotel Chantelle, via Gothamist.

In food/restaurant news today:

  • Landbrot, a new German bread maker, has signed a 10-year lease for a ground floor space at 185 Orchard (the Thompson LES Hotel). It’ll be one of two Manhattan locations. According to Crain’s the cafe should open in around three months.
  • Gothamist chats with Hotel Chantelle (92 Ludlow) owner Benjamin Shih; a full-scale restaurant (French Colonial) is planned to complement the cocktails currently being served — AND — there’s going to be a large rooftop dining area.
  • The Post is in a dither because “Chinese Restaurant News” only included two New York restaurants on its top 10 list (Congee Village is #9).  A place in Bryn Mawr, PA is number 1! Bryn Mawr?
  • Florence Fabricant talks up the “real buttermilk” that Saxelby Cheesemongers gets direct from an Orwell, Vermont farm.

CB3 Wire: Oyster Bar Approved, Orchard St Woes

87 Stanton, the once and future home of the Slipper Room, and a new oyster bar.

Last night’s meeting of Community Board 3’s SLA Committee was mercifully short and uneventful. But a few liquor license applications did catch our eye.  For example, Rob Shamlian (Fat Baby, Mason Dixon, Los Feliz) and Frank Vivolo (Bruschetteria) got the go-ahead for their oyster bar at 87 Stanton. As Bowery Boogie reported recently, they’re taking the ground floor of the Slipper Room’s new building.

CB3′s October Agenda: Dans Le Noir Nixed?

Community Board 3 has posted its October meeting agenda, including an unusually short list of applicants seeking liquor licenses. But, as usual, there are some interesting items warranting further investigation.  Here’s one entry that caught our eye: “Mama Juana Cafe,” applying for a full liquor license at 107 Norfolk Street (pictured). This is the building that used to house Tonic, the popular music club. In August, you may recall, CB3’s SLA Committee signaled its support for another restaurant at this location — blind dining concept franchise “Dans Le Noir.” At the time, the applicants suggested they had not finalized a lease at 107 Norfolk.