As we reported from the CB3/SLA meeting back in January, the team behind The Stumble Inn, Off the Wagon, Gin Mill, Jake's Dilemma, Down the Hatch and The 13th Step are taking over Café Charbon on the corner of Orchard and Stanton Streets. The CB3/SLA committee unanimously approved the transfer.
Yesterday, BoweryBoogie noted that Café Charbon is now closed.
The new owners provided a few details about their plans for the space during the January CB3/SLA meeting: It will be a full-service tavern open from 11:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. The French doors will close at 10 p.m. There will be $1 drafts at happy hour, a private party room and DJs on occasion (no dancing, though).
Yesterday, we asked Michael Asch, one of the two senior co-owners of the 13th Step and its sibling bars, for more about their plans for the former Café Charbon.
They hope to be open in September or October after "a face lift."
"We will be a sports bar, pub and grill, serving burgers, salads, sandwiches, etc., with an emphasis on value — both on the food as well as liquor," he said.
And how about a name, given the ruckus about the 13th Step?
"We are also planning to be sensitive to to the community as far as a name is concerned," he said.