CHINATOWN — Winnie's Bar may get an upscale makeover, according to a liquor license application posted online.
The owners of the upcoming similarly named Winnie's Restaurant plan to open at the former neighborhood dive bar's space, serving food items like chia seed pudding and a "house mofongo" alongside cocktails, wine and coffee, according to documents posted on Community Board 3’s website.
Winnie's Bar operated for 28 years and became a popular Chinatown watering hole and karaoke spot before it closed earlier this year. Despite the changes, the new venture will continue to offer karaoke, according to the application.
Winnie’s Restaurant will contain six tables with a total of 25 seats, as well as a 10-foot, L-shaped bar that will seat 11 people. The owners — Mateusz Lilpop, Benedict dos Remedios, Gerado and William Davidson of WINNIES NYC LLC — plan to keep the restaurant open from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. seven days a week, the application said.
The applicant also plans to put in $20,000 to soundproof the bar, according to a notice from its attorney, which was attached to the application.
Staff will also remind customers to be respectful of neighbors and keep an eye on the sidewalks “to contain any potential gatherings,” the attorneys said in the notice.
Lilpop declined to comment. Dos Remedios did not immediately respond to a request for comment and information about Gerado and William Davidson was not immediately available. The owners’ attorney was not immediately available to comment.
The owners of Winnie’s Restaurant will present their application at Community Board 3’s SLA and DCA Licensing Committee meeting on Jan. 11. The meeting will be held at CB3’s offices at 59 East 4th St. at 6:30 p.m.