Wednesday, January 9, 2019

New Ukrainian restaurant at 136 2nd Ave. now in the hiring phase

It has been a slow-go over at 136 Second Ave., where workers have been completing extensive renovations on the space between St. Mark's Place and Ninth Street for the past two-plus years.

On May 6, 2016, workers erected the plywood in front of the vacant storefront, last in use by Bar 82. (RIP March 2013.)

The restaurant, whose name hasn't been disclosed just yet (going as UKI Freedom LLC on CB3 materials), is now hiring...

The applicants, listed as Greg Lebedowicz and Jerry Lebedowicz, were previously licensed for Nitedreams in Greenpoint from 2003 to 2008.

Back in July, CB3 OK's a full liquor license for No. 136.

Here are a few items from the meeting's official minutes (PDF here):

• "The applicant has stated that this location will be a restaurant which will host Ukrainian events, meetings and dinners by organizations from the longstanding local Ukrainian community."

• "It will operate as a full-service French American Ukrainian restaurant, with a kitchen open and serving food during all hours of operation."

• "Its hours of operation will be 8 A.M. to 2 A.M. all days"

There is a basement space here fitted with a bar and dining room for those meetings and events.

No word on an opening date.

Thanks to Steven for the photos yesterday!


Mykola Dementiuk said...

But will it compare to The Orchidia, an original Ukrainian restaurant 1960s-70s, which was on the corner of 9th St & 2nd Ave across from Veselka?

Mykola Dementiuk said...

See also My Orchidia by Alexander Motyl, a memoir of the time