Clinton in the Crosshairs: 4 New Bars Aim to Open on Clinton Street

Posted on: August 22nd, 2016 at 9:29 am by
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Yep. You read it here first. There are three new bars, plus one restaurant expansion happening on a two-block stretch of Clinton Street. And all at once.

Three-quarters of those businesses appear on the August SLA subcommittee agenda for Community Board 3, and will be heard by the advisory body tonight.

61 Clinton Street

Speedy Romeo is expanding its footprint by seeking an alteration to include the space next door. This store was previously home to the mom-and-pop Clinton Furniture and Mattress, which suddenly shuttered last month.

The new dining room will allow the team to reconfigure the current bar and seating setup. Also part of the alteration proposal is to move and enlarge the kitchen on the first floor rear. Ownership hopes to expand the overall dining footprint to 34 tables with this annex, including 6 counter seats and 9 bar stools.

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79 Clinton Street

It didn’t take long at all for Yunnan Kitchen/BBQ to be replaced after its closure at the end of June. Todd Birnbaum, a former franchisee of S’MAC, is throwing his hat into the ring by selecting Clinton Street for a new restaurant. The concept is a Mediterranean restaurant, but beyond that, details are rather scant. The application was withdrawn from the docket a couple weeks ago.

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47 Clinton Street

Cara na Mara (meaning, “friend of the sea”) is the new five-table seafood restaurant that will soon open at Icon Realty’s 47 Clinton Street. Its application this month for beer-wine meets the threshold set by Community Board 3 for fast-tracked approval. Little is known about the project at the moment, but it’s helmed by Jason Linehan, Kevin Doyle, and Howard Shapiro, and will serve fish and chips.

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69 Clinton Street

Word on the street is that Taqueria Diana is opening in the combined commercial space at 69 Clinton Street which previously housed C&C Prosperity Dumpling and the La Socia Pawn Shop. Buildout is underway, but ownership was quick to dodge the question about intentions here. They could only say, “Nothing is set in stone yet.”

The three-year-old “California-inspired Mexican restaurant” presently maintains a location on 121 Second Avenue (near St. Mark’s Place). The rumored Clinton Street location does not appear on the CB3 agenda tonight.

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