Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Caviarteria Beluga Bar looking to bring fine fish eggs and champagne to 9th Street
[Photo by Steven]
Caviarteria, which started as a Midtown retail and mail-order outlet for caviar and smoked salmon in 1952, is looking to open a restaurant-retail operation at 234 E. Ninth St. between Second Avenue and Third Avenue.
Walter Drobenko, a lawyer who took over the brand in 2006, is on January's CB3-SLA docket for a liquor license for the address. He previously ran a similar-sounding operating — the Caviarteria Beluga Bar — in Tribeca from 2013-2016. (You can read more about that here.)
According to the paperwork on file at the CB3 website (PDF here), this Caviarteria would have about 20 tables to accommodate up to 50 guests. The proposed hours are 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday; until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 2 a.m. on Sunday. The questionnaire also mentions that the space would include "private events and catering events."
The menu would include caviar, smoked salmon, foie gras, blinis, etc. Here's the sample menu filed with the CB3 paperwork...
The address, currently a storage and parking space per the CB3 materials, would need an extensive build out to house the Caviarteria Beluga Bar. Drobenko, who grew up on the Lower East Side, is also a principal in the Cloister Cafe next door.
The Caviarteria name has a lot of history. In the late 1990s, the previous owners went on an expansion kick, opening Caviarterias in Las Vegas and Florida as well as in the SoHo Grand Hotel and Grand Central Terminal. (This story in the Times from 2003 has more on the family tragedy and feud that nearly destroyed the brand.) The business continues as an online mail-order operation.
This item will be heard during CB3's SLA committee meeting next Monday night (Jan. 8) at the Public Hotel, 17th Floor, Sophia Room, 215 Chrystie St. between Houston and Stanton. The meeting starts at 6:30.