‘Excuse My French,’ but Get Ready for Another Fuckin Bar on Orchard Street

Posted on: August 20th, 2015 at 5:17 am by
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With Cafe Dancer firmly out of the picture, the buzzards had been swarming 96 Orchard Street the last couple months. One hopeful emerged from the fray, a French-born chef who hopes to impart some sort of “French bistro” in the sub-level space.

Chef Johann Giraud (La Mangeoire) is angling to open Excuse My French at 96 Orchard Street. The compulsory liquor license notice now sits in the window, informing residents that a full OP is sought. Few details are known at the moment, but Giraud’s online presence does offer a glimpse of the future. “September 2015 his new spot ‘Excuse My French’ cocktail, wine, bar and tapas.” The parking page of the bar website lists “bar” is the main description of the establishment.

Meanwhile, given the bureaucratic steps need to acquire the liquor license, the September 2015 opening probably won’t happen. Also, this isn’t “Manhattan East Side Midtown.” To that end, Giraud will appear before the SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3 next month (September 1).

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Since a proper kitchen in this space is lacking, the extent a bistro can operate here is severely limited. One need only recall the fate of Vie de France, which tried its hand but failed after six months in business.

Excuse My French is the third food/nightlife business to roll the dice at 96 Orchard Street since Cougar shoes downsized in 2008.

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