Congee Bowery Converted to ‘Hot Pot Village’; Neighbors Worry About Unpermitted Crane
The twelve-year-old Congee Bowery restaurant closed back in April for a concept tune-up. Now, three months later, the establishment is nearly ready to reopen, albeit delayed and with a new identity.
Congee Bowery ditched the “traditional Chinese” fare and is henceforth Hot Pot Village. Menu and relaunch are still up in the air.
In the meantime, area residents aren’t thrilled about the exterior work happening at 207 Bowery, and the resultant safety hazard. Facade repair of some sort is underway, yet neighbors allege that permits were not secured for either the job or the crane. Also, the sidewalk apparently isn’t closed off during work hours, and pedestrians can easily walk beneath the mobile crane. See the complaint filed with DOB below:
The Congee Village one-two punch began in 1996 with the sprawling location at 100 Allen Street. Lou Holtzman’s Eastside Sound recording studio had operated for decades on what would later become the mezzanine level of the restaurant; Holtzman moved the business to Forsyth Street in 2000.