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A clothing boutique will share the beleaguered space with a Mediterranean fine-dining restaurant.
As Grub readers know, community-board-meeting shitshows end up determining what you eat, drink, and, in the case of the abandoned Forty Deuce space (which will now house Chris Eddy’s sushi spot), what sort of celebs and semi-nudity you may or may not be able to feast your eyes upon on a Monday night. Consider the case of recently opened Mercury Dime, which wanted wine, but ended up serving coffee. Or the plight of Death & Co., which now has to close at midnight and may end up gone for good. Or David Bouley’s attempt to open Brushstrokes, which Eater reports was again stymied by Community Board 1 last night, though Bouley will have one more chance to plead his case later this month.
While Todd English has no comment about rumored plans to open at 98 Kenmare, what we can tell you about the status of Kenmare Street’s future swankitude is this: According to broker James Famularo of NYCRS, the space that was to be Forty Deuce is back on the market at the price of $35,000 per month (“reduced!” says a property listing e-mailed to us today), no key money. Party at neighborhood activist Janet Freeman’s house! Earlier: Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce: Alive?!?!
Plans in the works for an inn at French Laundry, a butcher shop called Bouchon Boucherie, and, of course, a burger joint, have some critics saying Thomas Keller is spreading himself too thin. [Bloomberg] Gordon Ramsay may have booted chef Neil Ferguson from the London and severed a decade of ties with the chef because he was being too nice to employees, but Ferguson will have free rein in the kitchen when he opens Allen and Delancey. [Sunday Mirror] Eater X prepared for his burrito-eating win on Saturday in Maine "by just eating candy for a day," which he said helped clear his system. [Fox News]
We’re hearing that at last night’s full CB2 meeting, the board unanimously accepted the business committee’s earlier vote to recommend denying Ivan Kane’s application for a liquor license at 19 Kenmare. Kane, who was not present, was presumably in Vegas easing his nerves in front of a pair of pasties. It remains to be seen whether Kane will continue pursuing the space, where he has started and stopped construction.
We’ve just heard from Community Board No. 2 that its business committee, in a private meeting last night, voted unanimously to recommend a denial of liquor license to Forty Deuce. That recommendation will be mulled over by the full board on September 20, after which a recommendation of denial will most likely be sent to the SLA. Not a good day for Ivan Kane, David Bowie, or Sting, the last of whom will likely need to take a lot of hallucinogens to get over this. Earlier: Neighbors Take the Riding Crop to Forty Deuce
Carroll Gardens: The nabe has an Empanada Lady. [A Brooklyn Life] Clinton Hill: Pillow Cafe, known for its peanut-butter smoothies, is serving alcohol, but, let's hope, not PB shooters. [Eat for Victory/VV] Harlem: Twenty blocks is an unheard-of trek for a Venti Caramel Macchiato; residents near the impending Starbucks at 145th Street wait with bated breath for the opening. [Uptown Flavor] Morningside Heights: Columbia students have gained a Chipotle at 110th and Broadway, and it will kick off its opening on Wednesday, June 27, with a fund-raiser for the university’s athletics. [Grub Street] Nolita: Protest notices have been posted in response to the opening of burlesque club Forty Deuce in the former Little Charlie’s Clam Bar space. [Eater] Williamsburg: Monkey Town’s new chef Ryan Jaronik, from three-star restaurant Masa in Boston, debuts his menu next week. [Grub Street]
Earlier this week we reported that broker James Famularo had closed a deal putting mobster institution Little Charlie’s Clam Bar into the hands of a new owner. Sure enough, the Observer now reports that come autumn David Bowie, Sting, and Ivan Kane will turn the place into a low-key, high-spender outpost of Kane’s Vegas and L.A. burlesque nightclubs Forty Deuce. Will this be the next Box? If we’re to believe Famularo, it may be that and more; he says the owners have budgeted something in the neighborhood of $4 million to, among other things, tear open the ground floor (keeping 25 percent of it for use as a mezzanine) and install a stage in what’s now the basement. For food, Famularo says, Kane is considering serving 500 different types of French fries, though he admits, “I couldn’t tell whether he was joking or serious.” One thing Kane is serious about: “He wants 100 percent of the focus to be on the girls and the dancing.” You heard it — no rubbernecking when the Thin White Duke shows up. It's Curtains for Little Italy's Little Charlie's; Bowie-Backed Burlesque Show Replacing It! [The Real Estate/NYO] Earlier: Little Italy Mobster Institution No Longer in the Family