EMM Group to Replace Quality Meats with Nightlife at 199 Bowery?

Posted on: October 17th, 2011 at 6:42 am by

At the August SLA meeting for Community Board 3, the Stillman camp essentially sailed through and scored the jackpot.  Approval for two 4 am liquor licenses in their bid to open a Lower East Side syndicate of the Quality Meats brand inside the former BLVD/Soiree space at 199 Bowery. The restaurant idea seemed to be a slam dunk, but then months of silence. Word on the street now is that they’re out.

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Reliable sources tell us that rent negotiations with the landlord hit an impasse and put Quality Meats on the back burner. The two parties reportedly couldn’t agree on the lease (aka “too damn high”), which paved the way for a different deep-pocketed nightlife venture. A promoter-driven concept with direct ties to the Meatpacking District.  We hear whispers that EMM Group, the team behind Abe & Arthur’s, Tenjune, and SL wants to open a club here.

In learning of this latest scoop, it has also come to pass that even before Quality Meats was a contender, the Pittsburg-based Andy Warhol Museum was eyeing the space for a Lower East Side annex-slash-boutique.  And a deal was reportedly on the table, but the landlords didn’t want to play ball.  So they settled with the Stillmans.

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Meanwhile, the storefront itself seems to confirm. 199 Bowery hasn’t seen any action since mid-summer.  No signs of any build-out or effort toward a PR push. And interestingly enough, the address popped up on the October SLA agenda slated for tonight. Definitely a red flag development given the property already obtained the green-light from CB3.  Yet the mysterious entity – Livety LLC – was a last-minute scratch.  Stay tuned…

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