Last night a typically heated Community Board Two meeting raged on for hours in a stark NYU classroom. The full report, including details on the Bar Q space and the closing of Antik, is coming up. But first, a Todd English update.
Last week, GofG reported rumors that the large skulled celeb chef would be opening a space in a Jon B nightclub over on West 21st and 10th. While he hasn't released an official statement to the press, English did make announcements within the company last week, confirming the plans to his staff but noting that it will take awhile to get off the ground. Meanwhile back in that NYU classroom, it was confirmed that English is in charge of the food and beverage program at the under construction Great Jones Hotel, a 13 story boutique hotel that will have entrances on both Bond and Great Jones Streets.
The community was concerned over the three separate dining spaces within the hotel, including an outdoor area with a retractable roof. While the representatives claimed to have reached out to the community, no community members attended to speak for or against their application. Since hotel license applications are usually thoroughly vetted by community members, and because of serious concern regarding over-saturation in the area, the applicants were told to return at a later date with supportive residents. Given the restaurant spaces fall within 500 feet of Il Buco, Mercat, Bond St., Great Jones Cafe, Five Points, Gemma, and oh so many more, this is going to be a tough one to get through.
Nevertheless, after leaving in defeat following his poorly received consulting work at FiDi spot The Libertine, Todd English is storming the city. Be prepared, NYC.
—Reporting by Leah Herman
· EaterWire: Todd English in Chelsea [~E~]
· Great Jones Hotel Creeps Out Into the Open [Curbed]