Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Virgola is opening a 2nd East Village location this spring on Avenue B

[221 Avenue B]

Virgola opened at 111 E. 7th St. between Avenue A and First Avenue last month.

Now owner Joseph Marazzo is planning to open another outpost of his oyster bar and Italian wine cafe... this time at 221 Avenue B between East 13th Street and East 14th Street.... there's a CB3 notice on the gate announcing that Virgola will be on the February SLA docket for a beer-wine full-liquor license...

The address was last home to Camp David, an upscale lounge-tapas bar that quietly closed some time last summer.

According to its website, the Avenue B Virgola will open this spring. Aside from the original location on Greenwich Avenue, there's an outpost in the works for Ormond Beach, Fla., as well.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Oysters coming to the former Bourgeois Pig space on East 7th Street


Anonymous said...

Looks like full liquor, not just beer and wine. I live near here, any neighbors of their other location have feedback on this?

Anonymous said...

I live nearby as well and I dread any new alcohol serving business opening so close. Weekends have become impossible to get a good nights sleep.

Raven said...

Anonymous: You should speak with the owner of Virgola. The West Village location also has a full liquor license. He and Virgola have been good neighbors in the West Village, and the customers have been respectful, too.

Anonymous said...

Avenue B is not the West Village and is already saturated with liquor licenses. The last thing we need is another full liquor license especially for one with a very limited food menu. This means that they are really just a cocktail lounge, which we know we have enough of. I would suggest folks who have concerns attend the CB 3 meeting and raise them there.

Anonymous said...

weird that they're opening a 2nd location before the first has even proved itself.

Anonymous said...

You have to come to the CB3 Meeting if you want to protest. It can easily stop Virgola from getting full liquor. No new restaurant comes into a saturation area and gets full liquor. if anyone protest. Camp David did not go out quietly. They lied to the SLA to be a restaurant and it was only a nightclub just as the CB3 suspected. This place could be worse than Camp David as they removed all the permanent walls and replaced them with glass.

REVISION LOUNGE down the street came up end of 2015 for renewal and only 1 person showed up to protest. At least its renewal got stipulations to curtail some of the outrageous noise and drunk people activity out front.

Joseph Marazzo said...

Hi this is Joseph Marazzo, owner of Virgola. I've read all the comments above and completely understand the concern.

As a native New Yorker and as a local business owner, I recognize that my neighbors are my community and the lifeline of my business.

My track record speaks for itself; Virgola has been a good and responsive neighbor in both the West Village and East Village. 
I assure you all that Virgola on Avenue B will continue in that tradition.

Each of my current places has a low-key atmosphere with music ONLY in the background; we do not have big parties with loud thumping music and patrons staggering out at the wee hours of the morning, and absolutely will not do so on Avenue B either.

I have heard the same cannot be said of the prior tenant at this location. Which is perhaps why they're no longer there and the landlord chose Virgola to occupy the space.

I invite you to visit me at either of my two locations, in the West Village at 28 Greenwich Avenue or the East Village at 111 East Seventh Street, to see that Virgola is a positive part of each community where it resides.

Please feel free to contact me at or on my cell phone (917) 295-5485.

I look forwarding to meeting the people who've posted here and all my other future neighbors.


Joseph Marazzo