The Local EV reports that Andre Balazs met with the Fifth Street Block Association last night to explain his plans for The Standard East Village. As you may recall, the neighbors had an ongoing guerrilla campaign against former tenant The Cooper Square Hotel, which had multiple noisy outdoor lounge spaces. Balazs noted, “The hotel failed...We bought it from bankruptcy. One reason was that the public spaces didn’t work.”
His new plan is to open a new restaurant called Cafe on The Bowery, which will takeover the space formerly occupied by The Trilby, as well as part of the lobby area in the front, so that there will be seating on the Bowery. The southern edge of the garden space will be turned into a lobby, and the second floor restaurant and bar space will be converted to a private room, not for eating or drinking. Balazs also plans to cover the restaurant garden space in the back with a retractable roof to cut down on the noise.
As EV Grieve reported earlier this week, he also wants to add a bar there, and it sounds like this may become a second restaurant space. More details on Andre's big overhaul will be revealed at the Community Board 3 meeting on Monday.
· Balazs Pushes Standard Facelift [The Local EV]
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