Jack Abramcyk’s ‘Cafe Bambi’ on Eldridge Street Proceeds Despite Community Backlash

Posted on: December 18th, 2014 at 5:34 am by

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May 2014

Jack Abramcyk and former Beatrice Inn doorman Simonez Wolf are together proceeding with plans for the Cafe Bambi project (nee “Chinolita”) on Eldridge Street. The bi-level bar-restaurant concept on the border of Chinatown, first brought to light last spring, is planned for the space previously occupied by Fen Yang Restaurant. A sign currently affixed to the security gate is proof that the applicants are headed straight to the State Liquor Authority to bypass the negative advisory recommendation of Community Board 3. Application was officially filed December 2.

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Indeed, the nightlife duo received a resounding denial from CB3 in June for 107 Eldridge. Here are the vitals:

  • “Restaurant” with Certificate of Occupancy of 111 people on two floors.
  • 12-foot bar on the ground level; 18-foot bar downstairs (2 OP licenses).
  • Hours of operation: 9am – 2am weekdays, 9am-4am Thursday through Saturday.

Abramcyk (kid brother of nighlife maven Matt) mentioned during the SLA subcommittee meeting that he wanted to provide patrons with a “fine dining experience,” but undermined himself with plans to close the kitchen 3 hours before closing time and to offer a menu of “cold food” three nights of the week. Not only that, Cafe Bambi scored minimal support from the community, showing only 25 petition signatures in favor of opening.

Despite the presence of ten OP licenses within 500 feet, we can reasonably expect the SLA will approve this application. Cafe Bambi and Fontana’s – both two-story bars – situated on the same block will certainly spell hell here. Beware.

Meanwhile, Cafe Bambi was lauded in Grub St’s fall preview of best nightlife picks to monitor.

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