It looks like Aaron Pierce of Williamsburg's very divey Trash Bar (which is currently being forced to move from Williamsburg to Bushwick because of a rent hike) wants to get into the small plates business. The owner met with CB1 on Wednesday to apply for a liquor license for a new restaurant/bar in the former Room 63 location. The restaurant is tentatively called Gitano, and the menu features Brooklyn staples like beet salad, kale salad, and various charcuterie, all around the $15 price range. Pierce promises this will be the sort of place he would "take my mom to," but does also want to keep it open until 4:00 a.m. The latter is good news for industry folks, but neighbors who live in the area were less than thrilled.
The previous bar was apparently overrun with noise, smoking, and fighting. Trash Bar's reputation, and the fact that the Pierce didn't mention owning that bar in his application, doesn't exactly help. But he insists that this new venue will bear no resemblance to Trash Bar, noting a deliberate omission of a live music stage. CB1 has postponed voting on this liquor license, so stay tuned.