Help a Good Neighborhood Restaurant Open in the EV
E. Village Residents, A new restaurant called the Beagle is trying to open at 162 Ave A between 10th and 11th. This will be a low-key, but high-quality neighborhood spot featuring new American cuisine and craft cocktails. This is not an application for a new liquor license, but a transfer of an existing license. Unfortunately, a few residents think that it is being designed as an overpriced tourist destination and theme restaurant, and they have started a coalition to deny the transfer of the existing liquor license. If that happens, and they have their way, then we will likely end up with another empty restaurant until something we possibly have no desire to frequent moves in. These few neighbors have come to this "tourist destination" idea by way of a draft menu that was being used as a bellwether for pricing in the neighborhood. It was the high-end extreme version of possible prices. Their claim is that this menu could not possibly be enjoyed by anyone who lives in the neighborhood. (To which I ask the question: Momofuku? Vandaag? Pylos? All of these places are in the neighborhood and have much higher prices and do quite well with strong neighborhood patronage) If you would like to see the petition they are circulating so you can compare it to the real menu please look here: www.ipetitions.com/petition/162-avea Alphabet City is not a tourist destination and the guy behind the Beagle has no desire to try and make it one. They want to bring us another fantastic local place with great drinks, a neighborhood vibe and delicious food. It's my feeling it would be a shame to let a few disgruntled neighbors kill this dream. Here is a broader sampling of the actual menu, see below, which is considerably larger and more affordable. If you live in the E Village, especially Alphabet City, and would eat at this restaurant, please sign the petition. And please include your name and address.