Monday, February 3, 2014
[File photo via Shawn Chittle]
Documents filed today on the CB3 website show that Ravi DeRossi's latest bar-restaurant concept will serve comfort food "with a southern feel specializing in Nashville Hot Chicken." (Per Wikipedia: "In its typical preparation, it is a portion of breast, thigh, or wing that has been marinated in buttermilk, breaded, sauced using a paste that has been heavily spiced with cayenne pepper, and pan-fried.")
DeRossi's company, whose other other local establishments include Death and Co., Amor Y Amargo, Mayahuel, the Bourgeois Pig, Gin Palace and Proletariat, is buying the assets of the former Odessa Cafe and Bar, which closed last Aug. 31 at 117 Avenue A.
The paperwork filed ahead of next week's CB3/SLA committee shows a restaurant with proposed hours of 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. There is a stand-up bar with 10 seats as well as 10 tables seating 40 people.
And here's a look at a menu...
East Seventh Street resident Andrew Bushong will serve as general manager of the yet-to-be-named space, a role he currently has with DeRossi's West Village bar 124 Old Rabbit Club.
It will be interesting to see what kind of reception DeRossi receives from CB3.
Back in October 2012, "DeRossi and his surrogates got a civic lashing ... for converting the shuttered Jane's Sweet Buns pastry shop into the beer bar Proletariat without providing a 30-day notice to the board," according to Grub Street.
In the fall of 2011, CB3 OK'd a wine-beer license for Jane's Sweet Buns on St. Mark's Place. At the time, DeRossi assured the skeptics about the concept of a bakery serving alcohol. All just to pair wine with the buns and desserts.
"It was never intended to be a bar," he said of Jane's, according to coverage in The Local. "It's completely innocuous and an asset to the community."