Botanica’s Mark Connell Taps Thomas Carter for Nolita House Replacement

Posted on: March 19th, 2013 at 6:09 am by
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Blink and it’s gone – just under a year has already elapsed since Nolita House shuttered operations at 47 East Houston Street. Some in the neighborhood weren’t thrilled with its loss, especially the popular Bluegrass Brunch. However, in the wake of its departure, we learned that Botanica proprietor Mark Connell wanted to open something upstairs. Something upscale.

Connell appeared before Community Board 2 last summer, but was unsuccessful in eliciting approval. The advisory committee was worried about the spectre of creating a duplex drinking situation. Specifically that the more “refined” full-service restaurant up top would “creep” into Botanica, and that both would be run in an “analogous manner.” Despite the unanimous denial, Connell is heading straight to the State Liquor Authority. On-premise liquor license was filed in January and is still pending.

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Moreover, looking at the status online, it also appears that Thomas Harold Carter is part of this “Tourbillon47” venture. Carter is the well-respected wine director of Blue Hill at Stone Farms.

On street level, meanwhile, there’s plenty of action to report. The Nolita House-branded door is open daily, with sounds of construction emanating from the upstairs. Yesterday, there was some sort of delivery of kitchen equipment. Saddle up.

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