‘Round K’ Cafe Opens at Samy Mahfar’s 99 Allen Street

Posted on: June 26th, 2015 at 10:26 am by
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Allen and Delancey is changing again.

Samy Mahfar purchased 99 Allen Street from Heaven Way Buddha Church in September 2013 for $4.4 million. After two years of renovations, including a jet black makeover, the storefronts are finally stocked. And like all of the other properties in the SMA Equities roster, the exterior carries that same black and glass look.

The first commercial tenant for the property post-renovation arrived four months ago. Mak Beauty Bar opened in the north store in early February. It’s a pretty standard issue unisex salon that offers a range of services including cuts, blowouts, coloring, and makeup.

Moreover, as of earlier this week, Mak has some company. The adjacent south store has returned to its food-tinged lineage (RIP Fried Dumpling). A cafe called Round K just opened, and will try to challenge the popular Berkli Parc on the corner. To that end, ownership will seek a beer-wine license from Community Board 3 in mid-July.

It’s also worth reiterating that Empanada Mama is also relocating to this same block from its former East Houston perch. This much larger location broke ground in March, and is still undergoing renovations. Upon completion, it’ll boast a full liquor license.

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