Cafe Bambi is Happening on Eldridge Street; More Hell Square South?
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Is the square block bounded by Forsyth, Allen, Delancey, and Grand Streets rearing to become the next Hell Square? A sequel? Chinese commercial composition notwithstanding, it seems that nightlife is on the rise in this micro-neighborhood. In fact, there are at least a half-dozen bars and/or restaurants in this zone with full liquor privileges.
The tipping point could be Cafe Bambi at 107 Eldridge Street, a likely bilevel bait-and-switch from Jack Abramcyk (kid brother of nightlife impresario Matt). And it’s directly next door to Fontana’s. Community Board 3 vehemently denied their application for a 4am liquor license (ground floor and basement), originally pitched as a “restaurant” giving patrons a “fine dining experience.” The crew went straight to the State Liquor Authority, and barring catastrophe, will succeed. The state has already issued a “conditional approval letter,” a document that all but guarantees the license will go through.
There had been earlier efforts to derail the process, though. Residents of 107 Eldridge put up brief, albeit united front to oppose the license outright. One tenant even went so far as to pay someone to help collect signatures in opposition to the new nightlife. Trying to reduce the closing times to 12am. The anonymous activist told us in a recent conversation, “We are in no way in the NIMBY mindset. Everyone at 107 is very chill young professional group. If Fontana’s wasn’t already there I personally (and am guessing everyone else) wouldn’t complain.”
Another resident on the block is taking the news in stride, but with a pessimistic outlook. “I’m thinking the venture has to be destined for failure just so someone can write a piece titled ‘Who Killed Bambi?'”