Starr Restaurant Group’s Steakhouse Not Permitted at the Bowery Bunker, Neighbors Allege

Posted on: October 27th, 2014 at 5:29 am by
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Now a year later, it seems the Starr Restaurant Group is finally making moves on the Bowery.

Last October, we reported that the Green Depot at 222 Bowery (aka The Bunker) would pass the torch to Stephen Starr and Joe Carroll (Fette Sau, St. Anselm) for their new “approachable steakhouse combining classic warmth and charm with a contemporary and affordable menu.” The venture is somewhat of an oxymoron, further described by neighbors following the drama as “upscale blue collar.”

The culinary consortium was able to score support from Community Board 2 for a full liquor license, despite a chorus of opposition. With the caveat, however, that the applicant check with the co-op board of 222 Bowery as to whether this type of use is permitted pursuant to the building’s 1987 shareholder agreement.

Then it was crickets for the ensuing year. Green Depot remained business as usual with no updates from behind the scenes. Until now. Looks like team Starr just submitted the application to the State Liquor Authority earlier this month. The steakhouse has a tentative name of “Room 222,” which appears on the application.

Bowery neighbors are less than thrilled, having revived the fight, and claiming that a liquor license here violates said shareholder agreement. Their ammunition derives from the CB2 resolution on the matter, which states:

Whereas, after CB2’s SLA Licensing Committee meeting, two residents and shareholders of the building submitted correspondence to CB2 stating that the proposed restaurant violates the original shareholder agreement dated 1987 as it relates to food preparation in the proposed location; residents of the building also appeared at CB2’s December 2013 Full Board Meeting stating the same;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that CB#2, Man. recommends denial of the full OP license for Starr Rest. & Joseph Carroll, 222 Bowery 10012, an entity to be formed later unless the statements the applicant presented are both accurate and complete, and that those conditions and stipulations agreed to by the applicant relating to the 17th “whereas” clause above are incorporated into the “Method of Operation” on the OP license; and,

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that CB#2, Man. requests that the Liquor Authority, prior to considering approval of this application, request clarification from the building’s Co-Op board, 222 Bowery Owners Corp., as to whether this use is allowed pursuant to the building’s shareholder agreement.

The 500-foot rule hearing is set for this Thursday (October 30) to determine public benefit of this liquor license in a previously-unlicensed locale. Expect fireworks.

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