Wednesday, June 19, 2019

2 storefronts shaping up on 2nd Avenue for Calexico and Brasserie Saint Marc



Renovations continue at 99 Second Ave., where Calexico, the Cal-Mex burrito-beer chainlet, will be opening an outpost here between Fifth Street and Sixth Street.

The owners — brothers Brian, Dave, and Jesse Vendley — received the OK from CB3 last August for a liquor license for this space, which was previously home to Brick Lane Curry House. (Brick Lane moved one block to the south.)

Calexico currently has a handful of NYC locations (Upper East Side, Greenpoint, Park Slope, Red Hook, among them) as well as in Detroit — and Bahrain. No word on an opening date in the East Village.

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And over at 136 Second Ave. between St. Mark's Place and Ninth Street, you may have noticed the signage go up in recent days for Brasserie Saint Marc ...



We don't know too much about this establishment, other than a lot of work is going into getting the former Bar 82 (RIP March 2013) into restaurant shape. The construction plywood went up three-plus years ago — May 6, 2016 to be exact.

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

In July 2018, CB3 OK'd 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.

Thanks to Steven for the photos yesterday!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

French American... Ukrainian? What does that even mean?

Anonymous said...

A Tex-Mex chain bar-restaurant is the LAST thing we need in this booze over-saturated neighborhood. Too bad no one is looking out for the interests of the people who live here.

Anonymous said...

Honestly, I hate to burst everyone's bubble, but how are they going to afford the rent? Our neighborhood has seen a large influx of openings and closings. Most places don't last under twelve months. Why spend an obscene amount of money and take a such a huge risk with no pay off and through living examples of past casualties in what this awful economy has done to our city, especially the east village? I am a concerned resident who wants everyone to flourish, but I can't help wonder how any one can subsist here anymore whether it is as a fellow neighbor or as business owner.

Anonymous said...

Legit excited for Calexico, just hope it is not poorly run like the short-lived LES location