Christopher Freund, formerly the head sommelier at Gotham Bar & Grill on East 12th Street and Betony on West 57th Street, is behind the retail concept. In an Instagram message, he confirmed that he had applied for a license for the storefront. He didn't have an opening date right at the moment.
Neighborhood bar Black & White was at the address for more than 20 years, closing in October 2020 with plans to relocate (those plans haven't materialized to date).
And not sure at the moment who's renting the second-floor office — space that was once used by Wiz Kid Management (onetime manager of the Strokes).