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The owners of St. Dymphna's, the neighborhood pub at 118 St. Mark's Place, have plans to open a restaurant in the former Yaffa Cafe on the same block.
There's not much information just yet regarding the plans. This is one of the items scheduled for the January CB3/SLA committee meeting.
According to paperwork (PDF!) on file at the CB3 website, the new restaurant will feature 16 tables (three of the tables are on the sidewalk cafe) with a total of 35 seats.
The proposed hours are 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday to Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Food will be served during all business hours. The paperwork doesn't include a proposed name for the new venture or what type of food will be served.
There is, however, a diagram showing the layout…
The plans for the restaurant do not include the back garden, which the city ordered Yaffa's owners to discontinue using back in September. After nearly 30-plus years in business, the DOB issued a partial vacate order on the backyard space because it didn't have the proper fire exits and because it was zoned for residential use. Yaffa's owners decided not to reopen the restaurant.
Meanwhile, the owners of The Wayland are opening a tavern-restaurant in the former Simone Martini Bar space at First Avenue and St. Mark's Place. Yaffa's owners also operated Simone, which closed at the end of last month.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Yaffa Cafe is officially gone; back garden dismantled
More about Yaffa Cafe closing