A look at the Community Board 2 agenda reveals that Matthew Maddy, co-owner of the restaurant No. 7 in Fort Greene and the very popular No. 7 Sub sandwich shop in the Ace Hotel, is on the docket for a space on 168 Elizabeth St. between Spring and Kenmare. The neighbors have heard it's going to become a beer garden (see update below), and (non shocker) they are none too pleased. In a new flier posted up around the block, a neighbor asks residents whose buildings abut the the beer garden to send a letter to CB2 complaining about potential noise pollution, noting that "the proposed 'restaurant' is to occupy a small, windowless cellar (located 100% below the curb elevation) in addition to the spacious rear yard of the building." Though, to be fair, if it's taking over the laundromat space at 168 Kenmare (right), there's plenty of above ground space, and the neighbors have yet to even hear the proposal from the owners.
If the No. 7 Beer Garden comes to fruition, it will join Travertine, Joey Campanero's Kenmare, and Jimmy Bradley's upcoming Nolitan restaurant as the latest additions to the southern end of Nolita.
UPDATE: We reached out to Matthew Maddy, who explains, "We have no intention of making a 'beer garden'. We are building a tiny 25 seat fine dining restaurant, underneath the laundromat. There is going to be no standing bar, or outdoor dinner service. The place is going to be about the size of Peasant underground up the street."
· United Against Beer Garden at 168 Elizabeth [BB]