By way of The Villager, background on the flack that unopened (but damn fine looking) East 4th Street newcomer European Union is catching from neighbors. At a hearing last week, several locals spoke against its bid for a liquor license; said one, "They’re calling it a gastropup. I think they’re going to be really focused on the food. However, it is a 96-seat restaurant. People will drink. The neighborhood cannot accommodate another 96-seat place." Seems the resto's neighborhood PR campaign didn't win over everyone.
Whether or not EU gets approval for its liquor license—we speculate that it will, as forcing it to serve as the fall-guy for Avenue B's weekend insanity would be nothing short of sinister—it's nice to see "gastropub" return to the lexicon. After The Spotted Pig's success, one might have reasonably expected a flood of self-described gastropubs to have taken flight; perhaps the buzzword will reach its saturation point next year instead.
· Gastropub is Making East 4th Street Residents Queasy [The Villager]
· Plywood Update: European Union First Peek [~E~]