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Cantina Owners Bringing New Tequila Gastropub To UES

By Shaye Weaver | July 9, 2015 11:35am
 A tequila gastropub is slated to open in the former Molly Pitcher's.
A tequila gastropub is slated to open in the former Molly Pitcher's.
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UPPER EAST SIDE — James O’Hanlon, whose family owns West Village's Agave and Mojave in Astoria, is planning to open a new tequila gastropub on Second Avenue this fall.

While the restaurant's name is still under consideration, O'Hanlon is set on serving classic drinks centered around tequila and a gourmet menu that's still in the works.

He went before Community Board 8 this week to get its blessing for a sidewalk cafe at its new venture, which will be located at 1641 Second Ave. between 85th and 86th streets and is expected to open at the end of September.

“We’ll have the best marguerita on the Upper East Side, clearly,” O’Hanlon said. 

“We feel in the next five years tequila will be the highest selling spirit in the country. It very much has its roots in Mexico but it’s becoming well known in America.”

The restaurant will have two bars with lounge and banquet-style seating and outdoor dining. It's replacing Molly Pitcher’s Ale House & Grill, which operated from the mid 1990s until Jan. 1 this year.

CB8's street life committee voted in favor of O'Hanlon's liquor license but it still needs a vote from the full board on July 15, and the State Liquor Authority will have the final say.

The gastropub's hours of operation will be from 11 to 4 a.m.