Cafe Charbon to Lose its Soul and Become a (Presumably) Lame Bar


Per last night’s CB3 meeting, Lower East Side French bistro stalwart Café Charbon will be shuttering and handing its liquor license over to the owners of Off the Wagon, Down the Hatch, and the 13th Step — turning the LES into even more of a theme park than it already is.

What’s in store for the new space (which was unanimously approved by the CB3/SLA committee)? It’s to become a full-service tavern open from 11:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. while $1 drafts will keep the kids boozy at happy hour. A private party room and occasional DJs will also be featured. And presumably a stench of beer and vomit on the sidewalk.

But that wasn’t the most entertaining part of the meeting. Things apparently became quite spirited when Mohamed Elsayed, owner of Horus Café, became angry when his license wasn’t renewed. According to EV Grieve‘s write-up of the session, Elsayed approached the committee table afterward and made several angry comments, including calling CB3 District Manager Susan Stetzer a racist. The reply from a committee member, “If douchebags are a race, then I’m a racist.”

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 11, 2011


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