Stillmans Opening Steakhouse at 199 Bowery?

Posted on: August 1st, 2011 at 6:41 am by

The BLVD dead-ended, the Soiree faded to black.  Ever since the identity-plagued club vanished in early June, 199 Bowery has been quiet and dry.  Saturday nights have had a brief reprieve from velvet ropes and sidewalk-clogging lines.  Yet, as reported earlier, leasing posters arrived with a number of heavy-hitters eying the space in the interim.  It’s high time for another progress report, and with it, some huge news.

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A couple weeks ago, the first evidence of the newest ground-level occupant trickled onto the premises of 199 Bowery.  Indeed, a handful of liquor license application notices appeared in the windows.  According to these signs, a mysterious culinary business dubbed “Mozzarella Sticks LLC” is on the agenda for the as-yet-unannounced August SLA agenda, scheduled for next Monday. Officials from this new venture will appear before Community Board 3 to apply for a full operating license.

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But don’t be fooled by that dairy-sounding trade name.  Something big-time is reportedly in the works here. Think steaks not (mozzarella) sticks.  Sources inform us that father-son restaurateurs Alan and Michael Stillman (Fourth Wall Restaurants) are presently gunning for the entire storefront space, including the low-ceiling basement which once housed music venue Crash Mansion.  While the official concept has yet to be confirmed, we hear chatter that it could become something of a Quality Meats type establishment on the Bowery.  Guess we’ll find out for sure next week…

Alan Stillman, of course, was the founder of T.G.I. Fridays and the Smith & Wollensky steakhouse uptown.

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