Organika Proprietor Opens ‘Galeria’ on Clinton Street

Posted on: January 26th, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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The principal of West Village haunt Organika – Jairo Barros – is ready to show off his Lower East Side vision. Galeria just bowed at 43 Clinton Street this week, the space previously occupied by the Coat of Arms urban styles boutique.

Galeria is a bar-restaurant where everything is an “artwork” with a price, from the furnishings to the plants and shot glasses. It’s also an art gallery where patrons can eat sandwiches of “local, fresh, not preserved products” and drink juices/smoothies.

We’ve seen this type of concept before, and the success rate is usually pretty low. Community Board 3 acknowledged this, and denied their bid for full liquor back in the summertime. Instead, the proprietor settled with beer-wine in an area that already holds more than a dozen licenses.

Here’s a peek inside the madness…

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And for posterity, the binding stipulations attached to the eventual SLA license:

1) it will operate as a full-service organic restaurant, serving vegan and vegetarian options, with a kitchen open and serving food during all hours of operation,
2) its hours of operation will be 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 A.M. all days,
3) it will not commercially operate any outdoor areas,
4) it will install soundproofing, if needed,
5) it will close any front or rear façade doors and windows at 10:00 P.M. every night or during any amplified performances, including but not limited to DJs, live music and live nonmusical performances,
6) it will play ambient background music only, consisting of recorded music, and not have live music, DJs, promoted events, scheduled performances or any event at which a cover fee will be charged,
7) it will not apply for any alteration in its method of operation without first appearing before
Community Board #3,
8) it may have “happy hours” to 7:00 P.M. each night,
9) it will not host pub crawls or party buses,
10) it will ensure that there are no wait lines outside and will designate an employee responsible to oversee patrons and noise on the sidewalk, and
11) it will conspicuously post this stipulation form beside its liquor license inside of its business, 12) it will provide a telephone number for residents to call with complaints and immediately address any resident complaints

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