New Bobby Flay-Owned NoHo Restaurant Bolo Wins Liquor License Support

By Andrea Swalec on March 22, 2013 11:48am 

 Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay poses during Hellmann's NYC Turkey Challenge launch Nov. 8, 2011 in New York. 
Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay poses during Hellmann's NYC Turkey Challenge launch Nov. 8, 2011 in New York. 
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SOHO — A resurrection of a closed Spanish restaurant from celebrity chef Bobby Flay is headed to Lafayette Street.

The star chef and Food Network regular won Community Board 2's advisory approval Thursday night for a full liquor license at the restaurant, Bolo, that he and co-owner Laurence Kretchmer are planning for 324 Lafayette St., between East Houston and Bleecker streets.

Bolo will be a new take on the eatery by the same name that Flay and Kretchmer owned in the Flatiron District from 1993 to 2008, Kretchmer explained. The original location closed to make way for construction of a residential building, he said.

Flay, who owns the Manhattan restaurants Bar Americain and Mesa Grill, is still working out the menu, but it will hit on some of the same notes as the former Bolo.

"It's Mediterranean-Spanish with an emphasis on Spanish," said Kretchmer, who lives in NoHo.

The finished 147-seat restaurant, slated to open by the end of the year, will show off classic architectural features, including cast-iron columns and 22-foot ceilings.

"We'll preserve and highlight the space," Kretchmer said.

The conditions of CB2's liquor license approval for the restaurant, located in an area locals say is over-saturated with bars, span four pages. The agreement written with the neighborhood group NoHo-Bowery Stakeholders commits Bolo to controlling noise and closing by 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and by 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Bolo's future home was previously used by the nonprofit Bowery Residents' Committee (BRC), which provides homeless and social services.

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