Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Pub in the works for longtime corner bar space on Houston and Suffolk

[Photo from Saturday]

Gene Lennon, the proprietor behind Juke Bar on Second Avenue and 12th Street as well as Trinity Pub on the Upper East Side, is applying for a new liquor license for 269 E. Houston St.

Lennon will appear before CB3's SLA committee on Monday evening for the currently vacant space on the corner of Suffolk Street.

According to the questionnaire on file at the CB3 website (PDF here), the still-unnamed venture has proposed hours of 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. Monday through Friday, with a noon start time on Saturday and Sunday.

The bar will feature a menu of standard pub fare as well as a jazz brunch.

Lennon has operated a variety of pubs in the city dating to 1995.

He would be taking over a space that been a variety of concepts through the years, most recently as Suffolk Arms, a high-end cocktail lounge from celebrated bartender Giuseppe Gonzalez. That well-appointed bar opened in February 2016 to much acclaim. It went dark in the spring of 2018.

Before Suffolk Arms, this prime corner spot sat empty for several years. The Local 269 never reopened after a flood wiped out the live music venue's equipment in the fall of 2012. Other recent bar tenants included Meow Mix and Vasmay Lounge.

One note about the space: The old neon Bar sign is currently MIA from above the front door.

[Photo from 2016]

Monday's CB3-SLA committee meeting is at the Perseverance House Community Room, 535 E. Fifth St. between Avenue A and Avenue B.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Plywood wraps itself around the incoming Suffolk Arms

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That bar sign was historic and beautiful. I hope it was not stolen by the former tenant. It was there forever.