Patate Fellow Opens at 71 Clinton Street

Posted on: December 2nd, 2010 at 6:18 am by

Fat Hippo served but a brief stint at 71 Clinton Street, lasting just about a year before its eviction last June.  Then, a few months later, the address appeared on the Community Board 3 SLA docket as Ichiban. They were seeking a full liquor license within a resolution area, but quickly withdrew [PDF] their application.  On premises, the gates remained shuttered most days without much action to report.

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Last week, however, the storefront morphed into its newest incarnation, complete with olive green exterior, new marquee, and Christmas decorations in the windows.  The new occupant – a bar/eatery called Patate Fellows.  There isn’t much publicized on the new venture nor is there a website, yet further digging in the SLA database reveals that this business and Ichiban are one and the same.  And that an application for a liquor license, which was filed on November 1, is still pending.

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Armed with this information, we dropped in to see if we could garner more detail.  Luckily, owner and Koreatown veteran Suken Kim was on hand, and he informed us that the restaurant soft-opened Tuesday evening.  The cuisine is focused on a small selection of Korean-inspired dishes, including rotisserie chicken, chicken wings, and french fries.  With regard to alcohol, Kim believes his SLA application will be approved in the next couple weeks.

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Patate Fellow, 71 Clinton Street, (212) 533-4781

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