I was at the CB3/SLA meeting in January where the committee gave the OK for the transfer of Epicerie Café Charbon on the corner of Orchard and Stanton Streets to the team behind The Stumble Inn, Off the Wagon, Gin Mill, Down the Hatch, The 13th Step, etc.
The rep from the bar made a low-key yet professional presentation, and the transfer sailed right through without any objections.
In June, Michael Asch, one of the two senior co-owners of the 13th Step and its sibling bars, told me that the new space would 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."
Café Charbon closed in June, as BoweryBoogie first reported.
Yesterday, BoweryBoogie did some nice detective work, reporting that the new space could be a second location of the Upper West Side-based Gin Mill.
Asch sent me an email yesterday saying that the Café Charbon space will actually be renamed Hair of the Dog, "and probably quickly to be referred to as 'The Dog.'" Projected opening: Dec. 1. (For the record, Grub Street had this news from Asch first late yesterday afternoon.)
[Photo by Shanna Ravindra for New York magazine]
Previously on EV Grieve:
13th Step owner discusses frat rap, telephone booths and bar names
LES nightlife game-changer: Team behind 13th Step, Down the Hatch OK'd to take over Café Charbon space