Monday, August 20, 2018
The Webster Hall alum have withdrawn their application for 50 Avenue B/238 E. Fourth St.
They were to appear before CB3's SLA committee tonight for a new liquor license for a venture that featured a pizzeria and live music. Applicants included Stephen Ballinger, the head bartender and bar manager at the now-closed Webster Hall from 2014-2017, and Adam Ballinger, who served as the venue's marketing manager.
According to a tipster: "They withdrew completely and are not interested in that space at all."
That space previously housed Lovecraft, which was inspired by horror writer H. P. Lovecraft. That bar-restaurant closed in early 2018 after three-and-a-half years in business. The other piece of this parcel, the slice joint Johnny Favorite's, shuttered in August 2017 after debuting in April 2015.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Lovecraft has not been open lately on Avenue B
Webster Hall alum proposing new venture for former Lovecraft space on Avenue B
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Lovecraft Bar NYC opened this past weekend at 50 Avenue B at East Fourth Street. As the name suggests, it's an homage to horror writer H.P. Lovecraft.
Per the bar's Facebook description:
This place is great for LOVECRAFT fans, fans of steampunk, lovers of local art, lovers of live music, and of course lovers of great food and good drinks.
Dangerous Minds put it this way: "[It] looks like the perfect place to eat, drink and discuss all things Cthulhu. The eldritch interior design and artwork was created by artist Benjamin Enzfelder, and he has certainly given the bar a great Lovecraftian atmosphere."
EVG reader Thomas Anomalous stopped by this weekend and shared these photos.
[This image via Facebook]
The cocktail menus feature an original pulp fictiony designs...
There's also a subterranean bar and stage that will feature acoustic performances on Thursday evenings.
The food service launches next week. Lovecraft will hold an official grand opening next month.
Affaire closed here last August. Previously, the space was home to the unpopular-with-neighbors China 1 club-restaurant combo.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
A restaurant called Brownstone Bar & Grill is on this month's CB3/SLA docket to take over the space last held by Affaire, the French bistro and lounge, which closed at 50 Avenue B last August. (Brownstone, whose CB3 application lists a menu of "Caribbean/Southern food," was originally on last month's docket ... but was a scratch.)
And Brownstone's possible arrival has sparked concerned neighbors to join forces to possibly speak out against a liquor license for the address. There are now flyers hanging in buildings and along Avenue B.
According to the flyer:
Help Stop a New Rowdy Late-night Club from Opening in Our Neighborhood!
We’ve all worked together for several years to force the closure of several late-night clubs that severely degraded the quality of life in our neighborhood. It’s been a long, hard struggle. The last one, Affaire, closed at the end of this summer. Now someone new wants to re-open a boisterous club in that location (50 Avenue B, near East 4th Street.)
We can’t let that happen! All that we’ve worked hard for and accomplished is risk!
WHAT’S BEING PROPOSED:
• The new occupant wants to operate a club for up to 200 people that will stay open until 2 a.m. on Mon.-Wed. nights, and until 4 a.m. on Thurs.-Sun. nights.
• The place will be known as Brownstone Bar and Grill. It plans to feature 8 video screens, play recorded music both as background and as “entertainment”, and host special events.
WHAT DOES THIS SOUND LIKE TO YOU?
Le Souk and Carne vale all over again!
Community Board 3’s SLA and DCA Licensing Committee will be considering an application by the operator for a liquor license at their next meeting – that will be our time to show up and speak out! You can read the full application here.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
• Show up at the CB3 Committee meeting to express your opinion and stand up together with each other – Mon. Oct. 7th at 6:30 p.m., at CB3’s offices, 59 E. 4th St. (between 2nd Ave. and the Bowery.)
• Write a letter to CB3 to express your opinion on this matter. Be sure to personalize it, and to talk about your experiences with such places as a neighborhood resident. You can send it to the office, or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Neighbors are meeting with Brownstone reps on Thursday night. Here are details on that:
Thursday Oct. 3 @ 7:30 p.m.
535 E. 5th Street (bet. Aves. A & B) in the ground floor Community Room
Hosted by the East 4th St. Block Association
Come meet and ask questions of the operators
Some neighbors here between Fourth Street and Third Street still shudder at the mere mention of Le Souk, which finally closed in 2009 after a lengthy battle with the SLA. (Of course, there were those various mystery parties at the space in recent years.)
Some residents fear a return to the bonkerish partygoing along here last seen in 2004-2006... a stretch that Eater dubbed "Hellmouth" back in 2006.
Monday, September 16, 2013
Affaire, the French bistro and lounge, closed at 50 Avenue B back in August. A venture called Brownstone Bar & Grill, serving "Caribbean/Southern food," was on the CB3/SLA docket for a new liquor license this month. However, this applicant has been scratched from the agenda... and based on the new "for lease" sign out front, we likely won't be seeing Brownstone here.
Before Affaire, the space was home to China 1, which neighbors really hated.