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Zabar Family Plans to Open Its Craft Beer Bar in Chinatown

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It’s expanding the empire

Oliver and Eli Zabar
Oliver and Eli Zabar at the original Eli’s Night Shift
Photo: Eli’s
Melissa McCart is the editor for Eater New York.

The Zabar family may be opening a second location of its craft beer bar Eli’s Night Shift in Chinatown — an offshoot of an expanding father-son empire that includes Eli’s-branded markets and bars but not the famed UWS Zabar’s grocery store.

The new Eli’s Night Shift would be located at 54 Mulberry Street, according to Bowery Boogie. It’s a follow-up from the Upper East Side original outpost that Eli, 73, and son Oliver Zabar, 25, opened in 2015.

This follows news that the father-son duo are planning an all-day bakery and cafe in Nolita at 192 Mott Street that will pivot to a bar at night. The unnamed concept will have around 70 seats with just over 20 tables, as well as a grab-and-go section. It’s a geographical change for the Zabar’s. Although the family has close to a dozen businesses in NYC, none of them are below 14th Street.

The Uptown outpost of Night Shift focuses on craft beer with taps from New York City area breweries. It also offers a lot of takes on bar food like pigs in a blanket, sourdough grilled cheese, and a burger. Although it’s called a beer bar, Eli’s Night Shift also has cocktails and a wine cellar, where the owners house their Rhônes and Barolos. Eli is a wine lover with an extensive collection and a wine shop on the Upper East Side among the properties.