Coming Soon: Louie & Chan at 303 Broome Street

Posted on: June 10th, 2011 at 6:40 am by

Wheels are now in motion at the long-dormant ground-level properties at 303-305 Broome Street, onetime home of the Chingtao beer warehouse and LES Sandwich Shop respectively. In the not-too-distant future, this low-key industrial corner at Forsyth Street is poised to undergo more than just cosmetic change. Indeed, a brand new behemoth nightlife establishment is vying for both spaces, which sit directly across from the trendy Happy Ending. Ladies and gentlemen, behold Louie & Chan.

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Yesterday afternoon, an eagle-eyed Boogie reader sent us their unusually transparent brochure [PDF], which is a proverbial goldmine of information. The sixteen-page document is chock full of schematics, diagrams, and photos. First and foremost, Louie & Chan is the sister restaurant of nearby Grotto.  The concept is an eatery that conveniently preys on the rich history of the neighborhood. Their overall mission is offering modestly-priced south Italian fare in an atmosphere that captures “the true spirit of the Lower East Side around the turn of the century.”

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There are four moving parts to Louie & Chan:

  • The restaurant proper: capacity of 65.  Menu items will reportedly include wood-burning oven pizza, salads, pastas, and meats.
  • Downstairs lounge: capacity of 35.  Cocktails, an open fireplace, and an “Asian opium den inspired environment.”
  • Music room/club: capacity of 125.  Resident DJs Wiseacre and Nickodemus.
  • Private dining room: capacity of 20.  For private parties wanting a communal, living room setting.

The owners reportedly signed a fifteen-year lease on the space, and hope to obtain a full liquor license for the three full-service bars throughout the establishment.  Their plan is to operate seven days a week for lunch, dinner, and late-night bites; 11 am to 4 am.  Quite ambitious.  We’ll wait and see what happens when appearing before Community Board 3, though.

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Meanwhile, the build-out has actually been ongoing since mid-winter, when construction permits were initially filed with the DOB.  The owners captured some early progress and posted to their Facebook page.  Official opening remains horizon.  “Coming soon” is all we know at the moment.

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[Photo Credit: Louie & Chan Facebook]

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