Is this Le Baron ‘Small Plates’ Replacement a Bait-and-Switch?
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The shiny shoes of Le Baron will be filled, and by a familiar face at that.
Former co-owner Ron Castellano (Santos Party House, Rosette) seeks to impart a “sushi restaurant and bar” in the former home of Le Baron at 32 Mulberry Street. The as-yet-unnamed establishment (MJK Foods LLC) will serve a menu of small plates, according to application materials submitted to Community Board 3.
(Castellano is also an architect whose projects include the Jewish Daily Forward Building and Ace Hotel at the Jarmulowsky Bank.)
Those who follow such things know that the words “small plates bar” is essentially a euphemism for club. Especially in this case, where the total footprint is three levels with 78 seats, 14 bar stools, and plenty of standing room. Applicants claim that any music will be at background levels, both from a DJ and recorded music.
The establishment seeks full liquor and daily operating hours of 5pm to 4am.
Le Baron closed last June for a “summer vacation” that became permanent. Word on the street is that the State Liquor Authority previously canceled Le Baron’s liquor license due to underage drinking on premise. Marshals seized 32 Mulberry back in March.
If this replacement venture is a true sushi restaurant for the neighborhood, it would be open for daytime business. Menu below: