By Joy Bergmann
Three new restaurant-bars featuring upscale fare received liquor license approval from Community Board 7’s Business & Consumer Issues Committee on Wednesday evening. The businesses must also receive approval of the full CB7 board on February 2 and final authorization from the State Liquor Authority.
Olma Caviar Boutique & Lounge will open at 420 Amsterdam Avenue and West 80th, most recently a Yogurtland outpost and former site of the raucous 420 Bar & Lounge shuttered in 2011. Proprietors Igor and Edward Eliachov said their vision was for a quiet lounge encouraging enjoyment of caviar, crepes, cocktails and conversation.
Building resident Beverly Scheiner sought and received assurances that the party-hearty troubles from the old 420 Bar wouldn’t be replicated by Olma. “I didn’t sleep for four and a half years” back when 420 was open, she said.
Although initially seeking a 4 a.m. license for Fridays and Saturdays, the owners agreed to the board’s requested stipulation that hours run from 11am to 2am for at least the first six months of operation.
A London-style gastropub will replace Lura Restaurant Lounge, 949 Columbus Avenue at West 107th. Chef Rob McCue said to expect, “high-end comfort food in a relaxed setting.”
Proprietor David Ackerman, an UWS resident for 20+ years, said the majority of serving space was in the cellar level, with a small, separate bar on the first floor. As such, the business requires two licenses and made discrete requests to the Board: 2 a.m. closing for the upstairs bar, but 4 a.m. service allowed on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in the cellar bar.
Typically the Board does not grant 4 a.m. closings for new applicants. However, “this is a unique situation,” said Board member Brian Jenks, before the group granted the request for Thu-Sat 4 a.m. closings only for the cellar-level bar.
Main Street Restaurant Partners, the team behind Calle Ocho, Café Clover and BLT Prime, will transform a former bodega at 573 Columbus Avenue at West 88th Street into a Latin-themed bistro bar, said Jeff Kadish. The Committee approved its request for 2am hours on Fridays and Saturdays, midnight closing Sundays and 1am close Mondays-Thursdays.
Mixologists at Bellini, 483 Columbus Ave at West 83rd St, will be empowered to create something beyond the enterprise’s eponymous cocktail. The Committee approved its request to serve a full bar instead of just beer and wine.
And yet again, nothing new around the Lincoln Center area, just north of the 90s. Sigh.
Agreed. The lack of information about Lincoln Square is ridiculous…unless it is the 191/199 school re-zoning issue.
The area between 86/96 on Broadway stinks too
Mixologists at Bellini………….In the old days they were called bartenders
Bartender = Cook
Mixologist = Chef
glad to see signs of life on Columbus between 86th/96th – hope this Latin-themed bistro bar will be good
There is no space for a bar at Bellini. Where are they going to mix the drinks? the bathroom?
The owner spoke about removing some tables to make room for a small bar with two stools.
Where will they put all the strollers?
Where are the AA meetings held?