‘Wash House’ Laundromat Cafe Opens at 44 East 1st Street

Posted on: February 28th, 2014 at 6:10 am by
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Remember that East Village “Laundry Bistro” that made headlines a year ago? Something about a laundromat paired with a cafe of sorts. Well, the establishment – The Wash House – is finally open at 44 East First Street. Boogie contributor Lady of Grand tells us that the hang is more cafe than laundromat. Apparently, you can drop your shit in the back, and they clean it with “100% organic detergent,” all while you sip suds. Phew.

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Photo: Lady of Grand

It wasn’t an easy road for the Wash House. The new venture encountered vehement opposition from the 1st Street Block Association and CB3 District Manager Susan Stetzer. While the argument for lack of laundromats was acknowledged, its intent to sell booze (i.e. wine and beer) simply wasn’t welcome on this block between First and Second Avenues.

During the State Liquor Authority proceedings last October, Stetzer had mentioned that there were zoning issues which prevented a commercial establishment from operating here. Apparently no businesses had operated at this address in the past, and there was worry to start precedent. Ultimately Chairman Dennis Rosen approved the wine and beer license subject to a zoning resolution with the DOB, and on condition that Wash Room won’t become a “destination” hang.

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