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An entity known as Almadira has filed notice that it would like to make 637 Washington Avenue (corner of Bergen) into a bar.
Interesting. The Saint Catherine will have a rival!
A lot of entities seem to be filing initial applications, but then never follow-up.
...Nov 4th is when more info should become available.
Here's a thread where we discussed the nearby St. Catherine (SW Corner of Bergen and Washington):
637 is located on the SE corner of Bergen and Washington and until recently was a barber shop, use arrow keys for best results.
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Word on the street (actually by Saint Catherine) is that it's going to be an Italian restaurant. See their Facebook post for the menu:
^menu for Almadira^
I'll watch this address to see when they apply for an initial kitchen inspection from DOH.
They made a presentation at the CB SLA mtg on Nov 4th, and requested a full liquor lic.
36 seats.Closing at midnight Mon - Thur, and at 1 AM on Fri and Sat.
They talked about how it will serve small italian dishes, and be open for lunch and dinner. The owners have experience in the food service and bar industry.
The committee supported the application.
I wish them luck and it looks like a nice selection.Unfortunately any menu with no prices is too expensive for me :). I hope they have some reasonably priced items since this is so close and I'm a sucker for Italian food
ghostinthemachine said:Interesting. The Saint Catherine will have a rival!
It would appear Saint Catherine is quite safe.
Ah yes, I was referring to earlier rumors that the place might be a bar.
The "might become a bar" was a faulty inference on my part, based on hearing they were pursuing a full liquor permit.
Based on their presentation last night, it seems as if they genuinely intend to open a restaurant.
Note: If they find that most people are just drinking and not eating, very little stops them from becoming a primarily a bar.
Very true. But if the menu is as promising in reality as it appears on paper, I'm in (and hopefully others will be too).
One can also accurately determine their intentions by seeing how much $ and effort they put into building a kitchen and a dining room.
Some new venues have stated they are going to become restaurants, but provide menus that are so simple they can be made with a panini press.
This does not appear the case with this place.