Citizen of Tribeca | 77 Warren will be a European bistro with a full menu
77 Warren will be a European bistro with a full menu
After being pushed back for a few months by the community council licensing committee (see why below), the owner of a new restaurant for the old Warren 77 space has gained approval to start, and he would like to open as soon as possible. as possible in the new year.
Briken Fehjzullai (the company is called Tribeca FB Partners – I don’t know what the restaurant will be called yet) arrived from Albania last year with his family and 20 years of experience in the culinary industry there, where he owned several bars and restaurants. His plans are to open a bistro with European cuisine, piped music and a signature cocktail list.
There will be 40 seats on 10 tables and 10 at the bar with an overall capacity of 74. The committee has given it hours until 1am on weekends and midnight on weekdays, with 10am on Sundays.
He had to defend his plans against the former tenant – sports bar Warren 77 – and said he would only have one TV and wants his customers to be able to have conversations in space. (Although I have to say I fell in love with the daytime scene during the World Cup, when the kitchen staff and local delivery men watched TV through the open windows.) “I have to live in this community for the next 10 years. years, so I will try to be the perfect neighbor, ”he said.
Now on to the issues the committee raised last time: a member of the public accused the restaurant owner of being part of a “front” for the Gindi family – the owners of Century 21 and many of Tribeca’s real estate assets – and the committee said it had to look at it. What the committee thought the front was for me was a mystery to me, but they pushed the owner away so they could investigate.
There is certainly a connection between the Gindi family, Matt Abramcyk, and the now-closed Warren 77 who was part of his Neighborhood Projects restaurant group. Other Tribeca restaurants and bars can be found in the Gindi buildings – 109 West Broadway which now has Bluestone Lane but once had a Summer Day Café; and 385 Greenwich, home to Yves as well as Smith and Mills. But from what I can tell, 77 Warren is a condo and each floor has a different private owner. The downstairs condo may indeed belong to the people of Century – I couldn’t find the unit number to search for it – but I would be really surprised if the restaurateur is what the committee called them – a facade.