On Tuesday night, Stephen Starr's team appeared before the CB2's SLA subcommittee once again, to try and rally support for the group's new proposed St. Anselm spinoff in the landmarked space at 222 Bowery. The board sympathized with the members of the Bowery Block Association in attendance, who argued that this would be a new license in an area that's already over-saturated with bars and restaurants. The SLA subcommittee
ultimately voted to deny the license [See update below], and now the application will go before the full board for a final vote on December 19.
St. Anselm creator Joe Carroll, who is working with Starr, originally appeared before the board in October, and his plan was well received by many members. But according to CB2 records, their attorney requested to layover the application until this month. Hopefully Starr and Carroll will continue to fight the good fight and get this place open, because although the neighborhood has a lot of bars and restaurants, no establishment currently offers a delicious $16 steak.
UPDATE: The Bowery Boogie report fudged the facts. A member of the Starr team sends word that the CB2 gave initial approval at Tuesday's meeting, so things are looking good for the new steak restaurant.
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