Epstein’s Bar Back on the Agenda to Add 2 More Levels of ‘Bro’

Posted on: May 30th, 2014 at 6:00 am by

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Locals know to avoid Epstein’s Bar at all costs on the weekends. The above photo, snatched from Instagram, shows why. It’s basically a bro party on the sidewalk. And now they want a larger footprint within the building.

As we previously reported, Epstein’s seeks to expand its square-footage by annexing the two commercial floors up above. The bar applied last month for the alteration, but dropped off the SLA subcommittee agenda before the meeting. Now, they’re back on it for June. And more info has come to light.

It appears that the second level will be for “dining” (last month it was for a speakeasy), while the third floor calls for an event space. New staircases are in the works to connect the floors. What’s troubling about the expansion, aside from the obvious, is that the blueprints included in the application show accessibility to a terrace.  Street level wasn’t enough…

The addition requires an extra stand-up bar and service bar.

This year, Epstein’s Bar celebrates a decade on the Lower East Side. It first opened at 82 Stanton Street in 2004, and was reportedly named for the Juan Epstein character in Welcome Back, Kotter.

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