On Monday night, CB3's SLA committee gave their blessing for the new venture. And those in attendance were happy about the arrival. Per BoweryBoogie: "It was a rare sight to see so many longtimers in attendance to support Stewart’s endeavor."
Several EVG readers have said they liked the idea of a Tavern of Jane-type place in this neighborhood. Per one commenter: "Tavern on Jane is the sort of place I'd love to see in the EV: not overly expensive, decent food in a nice surrounding, no uber-trends or the sort of crowd that rushes in to be part of a 'scene.' If the new place is like ToJ, then that could be a nice addition to the hood."
Here's what New York magazine had to say about Tavern on Jane, which opened in 1995:
Bleecker Street may be teeming with expensive boutiques and cupcake tourists, but the Village vibe lives on at Tavern on Jane. With vintage posters on its exposed brick, an embossed ceiling, and low, topaz lighting, the dining area feels as inviting as a bustling English roadside inn. Most customers sip brimming pints of ale in the front room’s convivial bar, or settle into the back room to doodle with fat crayons on each table’s butcher paper. The Tavern’s brand of classy pub grub goes for hearty flavors over foppish modern flourishes. Tender, marinated hanger steak comes with your choice of potato and vegetable — the emerald asparagus is charred and sweet, while potatoes au gratin have the creamy bite of blue cheese. The grilled, juicy burger, capped with gooey cheddar, comes nestled inside a toasted bun and served with tawny fries and a dish of sweet coleslaw...
Stewart said that he will replicate that Tavern on Jane vibe on 13th Street. "My whole idea is to make it feel exactly the same as Tavern on Jane feels," he told DNAinfo.
After a few minor renovations Stewart hopes to have East Side Tavern open in March. The committee did stipulate a 2 a.m. closing time instead of the proposed 4 a.m. hour. (East Side will close on midnight on Sundays.)
The Redhead closed here just west of First Avenue last month after 10 years in business.