Starr to open a restaurant near Chinatown

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Starr lafayette howardUpdate October 14, 2015- The NYT has more info on this hotel/restaurant project at 148 Lafayette. It will be called Chez La Vieille Adrienne, and “The restaurateur Stephen Starr and Daniel Rose, the American chef who owns Spring restaurant in Paris, are taking over this rustic bistro near the Louvre in Paris and opening a New York offshoot in the spring, with Mr. Rose doing the cooking. The New York restaurant will be one of the dining options in the new hotel that Aby Rosen of RFR Holding is developing in SoHo. In addition to the bistro, Mr. Starr and Mr. Rose plan a French restaurant, as yet unnamed, for the hotel. Mr. Rose, who is moving to New York from Paris with his family, will be the chef there, too. The emphasis will be classic French, with some tableside service, but in an unpretentious setting.”

August 21, 2015- In between true SoHo and Chinatown is a no-man’s land with some nice pre-war buildings. Real estate developer Aby Rosen bought the current Holiday Inn at the corner of Lafayette and Howard Streets.

Rosen will convert it into a boutique hotel. Stephen Starr will run a French restaurant on the ground floor. The chef will be “well known”, but the name was not yet disclosed.

This information was released at the CB2 meeting where Mr. Starr was applying for his liquor license. DNAinfo reported.

More interesting to me, however, is that Starr had to attend this meeting of CB2 schmucks in the first place, and that he was not given a liquor license past midnight. This is not a quaint community. It is industrial and crappy right now.

Starr must need to donate more to politicians, because Danny Meyer can get anything he wants from community board, and no one from his company even bothers to attend the community board meetings. North End Grill got its liquor license, the outdoor dining area, and then an outdoor bar, all without even GM Kevin Richer ever attending a CB1 meeting.

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