Malt & Mold on the Lower East Side Closes After Six Years

221 East Broadway. Photo by Alain Levitt.

221 East Broadway. Photo by Alain Levitt.

We never like to see independent small businesses fade away, especially ones run by our neighbors.  Malt & Mold, the craft beer and cheese shop at 221 East Broadway, is the latest casualty.

Rental signage went up recently in the window, signaling another transition at the intersection of East Broadway and Clinton streets. In Malt & Mold’s newsletter, owner Kevin Heald wrote:

It was a truly wonderful and special six years.  We had a great run, didn’t we?  I will miss our Thursday night book club, the field trips, the day(s) at the races, the Saturday coffee klatch, and that one time we got caught in Mr. Hooper’s lettuce patch.  Thank you!  You are more than welcome at the Gramercy location.  We’ll save a spot for you.

Heald, a resident of the Grand Street cooperatives, opened Malt & Mold in 2012. He’d attracted a loyal local following with a business model that emphasized community.  This past April, we published a video interview with Heald in which he talked about the burden of sky-high Manhattan commercial rents.  Pushcart Coffee, Malt & Mold’s onetime neighbor, closed its LES store in 2014 (it was replaced by the gourmet ice cream shop Ice & Vice).

The Gramercy store is located at 362 2nd Avenue (21st Street).

Ice & Vice Begins Scooping Ice Cream at Noon Today

Ice & Vice Opens at 221 East Broadway on Friday

Ice & Vice Ice Cream Shop Coming to 221 East Broadway

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Subway Sandwich Shop Coming to 221 East Broadway

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Eastwood Settles in at 221 East Broadway

Sivan Harlap, Andrew States. Photo by The Lo-down.

Sivan Harlap, Andrew States. Photo by The Lo-down.

It’s been a couple of weeks since Eastwood opened for business at 221 East Broadway.  The new bar, run by Sivan Harlap and Andrew States, joins Pushcart Coffee and Malt & Mold in building a locally-owned, indie nitch in the historic “Mayflower Hotel” building at the corner of Clinton Street and East Broadway. The other day, we stopped by to find out how things are going.

Harlap and States, both musicians, poured a lot of creative energy into the design of this sun-splashed spot just down the street from Seward Park. He restored the original door; she made the lighting fixtures hanging over the bar, using old bike rims.  The colorful floor tiles, made of cement, are from Mexico but inspired by a floor Sivan noticed in Tel Aviv.  The bar and stools were designed for maximum comfort.

After Delay, Eastwood Bar to Open This Weekend at 221 E. Broadway

Eastwood, 221 East Broadway.

Eastwood, 221 East Broadway.

After a prolonged liquor license escapade, Eastwood bar has announced their official grand opening.  The team posted a photo of their license (beer and wine) on Facebook with the note, “We have a bar!!! Grand Opening Weekend Hours: Friday 7pm-4am, Saturday 3pm-4am!!” Owners Sivan Harlap and Andrew States renovated the space on the corner last year and have been ready to roll since January, but were held up after being denied a full bar approval by the State Liquor Authority.  The pair have been running their tasty fish and chip shop around the corner, in the space next to the bar, for the last couple months.

Eastwood’s Chip Shop Soft Opens at 221 East Broadway

Eastwood, 221 East Broadway.

If you pass by the intersection of East Broadway and Clinton streets with any regularity, you probably noticed something different in the last couple of days.  The metal gate is up at 221 East Broadway, revealing a brand new glass and wood facade at Eastwood, the bar being opened by Sivan Harlap and Andrew States.  While the main space is not yet operational, their “Chip Shop” around the corner on Clinton soft-launched yesterday.

As noted last week, the State Liquor Authority rejected Eastwood’s application for a full bar, ruling that the business is too close (less than 200 feet) from a church and a synagogue.  Harlap and States have now decided to go for a wine and beer license.  They’ll appear before Community Board 3’s State Liquor Authority Committee next month.  Beer and wine permits are not subject to the same rules regarding proximity to religious institutions and schools as full liquor licenses.

For now the Chip Shop is open for lunch and early dinner until around 8 p.m. There’s only one table and some counter space, so take-away might be your best option.  Today there was a relatively small menu, including a fresh fish sandwich, falafel, fish & chips, a salad with kale, apples and fennel and a squash, kale and white bean soup.


SLA Rejects Full Bar at 221 East Broadway

Eastwood is taking the ground-floor corner spot at 221 East Broadway.

There’s been a setback for Eastwood, the bar poised to open very soon at 221 East Broadway (Clinton Street).  The State Liquor Authority ruled yesterday that a new license cannot be granted at this location because the bar is less than 200 feet from at least one church.

In June of last year, Community Board 3 decided to support the full liquor application after a contentious debate.   Neighbors were divided; some spoke in favor of the establishment while others expressed concerns about noise and late night crowds.  One prominent opponent was Pastor Marc Rivera of Primitive Christian Church, located a block or so away from the proposed bar.

221 East Broadway Sold For $11.3 Million

The Mayflower Building, 221 East Broadway, sold last week for $11.3 million.  The six story, 1907 Beaux Arts apartment house with ground-floor retail was previously owned by David Slaven of Red Brick Properties.  This morning, he confirmed the sale, saying the transaction went through on December 27.

According to property records, 221 East Broadway last sold for $6.3 million in 2008.  In the last couple of years, new retail businesses, including Pushcart Coffee (originally Dora), Malt & Mold and Eastwood (a bar opening any day now) have taken over ground-floor retail spaces.  Slaven said he had been willing to keep commercial spaces vacant, holding out for better retail in an effort to “help gentrify” the building.  Many of the 26 apartments were renovated (14 are rent stabilized). Sleven indicated his company typically holds on to properties for three or four years.  He was motivated to close the deal before the end of the year for tax purposes.

The Mayflower had most recently been listed for $12,250,000.  The sales brochure noted that the building is only a block away from the big Seward Park development site.

The sale hasn’t hit the city’s online database just yet.  A representative for the new owner has scheduled  meetings with retail tenants in the next few days.


Need a Job? New East Broadway Bar is Hiring

Eastwood, the new bar at 221 East Broadway, is aiming for an opening sometime next month.  Recently we heard from co-owner Sivan Harlap that she and partner Andrew States are hiring for all positions (bartender, bar back, fry cook, counter person).   Anyone can apply; Sivan says experience isn’t necessary for all positions.  If you’re interested, drop off your resume at her other bar, B-Side, 204 Avenue B, anytime after 3 p.m.


“Eastwood” Comes to 221 East Broadway in Late October/Early November

Eastwood Indiegogo from Miles Kerr on Vimeo.

Crowdfunding is all the rage these days. The latest small business owners to get in on the act are Sivan Harlap and Andrew States, who are opening a bar at 221 East Broadway this fall.  As you probably recall, their liquor license application stirred quite a lot of controversy back in June.  The video they’ve posted online offers a glimpse of the space, at the corner of East Broadway and Clinton streets, and a few other details.  The bar will be called Esstwood and they’re targeting a late October/early November opening.


CB3 Approves Controversial Bar Proposal at 221 East Broadway

221 East Broadway.

After a long and sometimes contentious debate, Community Board 3 decided last night to support a liquor license for a new bar at 221 East Broadway.  The vote was 26-11 in favor of the proposal with one member abstaining.  A dozen members of the board were not present when the vote finally took place, close to 11 p.m.

The application from Sivan Harlap and Andrew States had divided members of the Seward Park Cooperative, which is located across the street from the building in which the bar will be located.  Members of Primitive Christian Church on East Broadway, including its influential pastor, Marc Rivera, opposed the application. Earlier this month, CB3’s liquor licensing panel deadlocked, so it was up to the full board to hash it out.