Bleecker Street Bar Plots Comeback with Upscale Broadway Reboot
Four months after Bleecker Street Bar closed down for good, an unexpected twist. Ownership now plans an upscale comeback just a couple blocks away.
The thirty-year-old NoHo dive was forced from its namesake street at the end of August due to pandemic-related restrictions and an apparent impasse over rent. But Bleecker Street Bar found a new space nearby to occupy – 648 Broadway, between Bleecker and Bond Streets. The years-vacant spot previously held by Cafe Mercado.
Community Board 2 will weigh in on the application to remove the liquor license from the original location, and instead install at 648 Broadway.
Yet, application materials indicate that the format of the Bleecker Street Bar reboot might be the opposite. Namely, its mission statement of building on the legacy while “elevating the guest experience to meet the changing needs of the community” (i.e. the luxury set).
That translates, in part, to the inclusion of a “complete menu of classic comfort food thoughtfully prepared with rustic farm-to-table ingredients.”