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Sons of Essex Restaurateurs Plan Clubby Mexican Spot in LES

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The Line Group sure likes to stay in its lane

200 Allen Street, at the corner of East Houston
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Lower East Side-based hospitality group The Line Group is eyeing the space at 200 Allen Street for its latest project: a Mexican clubstaurant. According to Bowery Boogie, the group — which also oversees Sons of Essex and perpetually packed Chrystie Street duo Club 205 and Rochelle’s — is seeking approval from Community Board 3 for a liquor license at the Allen Street space. While the Boogie reports that the application is for 177 East Houston next-door, a representative of the group confirms that they are only taking over 200 Allen Street.

Currently dubbed Dos Cientos (200 in Spanish), the project will occupy 800-square-feet on the ground floor and more than 3,000-square-feet downstairs. A proposed menu for Dos Cientos lists options like pork carnitas, a chicken quesadilla, elotes, and ribeye with chihuahua cheese.

Most recently, 200 Allen Street was home to 24-hour diner Sugar Cafe, which closed in early February. Since closing, Manhattan bars the Late Late and One on One have also reportedly checked out the space.

Aside from the group’s mega-clubby spaces, The Line Group owns Upper East Side Italian restaurant Petaluma, which it revamped in 2014 after purchasing from its previous owners. Dos Cientos is on the docket for a Community Board meeting to be held May 15, stay tuned for more news as it becomes available.

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