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Tavern on Jane Owner to Open East Village Location in Former Redhead Space

By Allegra Hobbs | January 10, 2017 1:27pm
 The Redhead was located at 349 E. 13th St.
The Redhead was located at 349 E. 13th St.
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EAST VILLAGE — The operators of a popular West Village tavern will open an East Side location this spring, taking the place of a beloved neighborhood pub that shuttered in December.

Tavern on Jane, which has been serving up comfort food and brews at its cozy Eighth Avenue digs since 1995, will soon get an East Village counterpart called the East Side Tavern, according to co-owner Michael Stewart, who's hoping to open the new location by March.

The tavern will take over the space at 349 E. 13th St. that was recently vacated by local mainstay The Redhead, which closed its doors last month after two decades.

The new location will be a smaller replication of the original, Stewart said at Monday's Community Board 3 State Liquor Authority subcommittee hearing, where he scored the board's unanimous recommendation for approval.

"My whole idea is to make it feel exactly the same as Tavern on Jane feels," he said, noting he wants to capture the look and feel of the warm, inviting West Village tavern.

The one-room restaurant will seat 53 patrons all on high-tops, said Stewart, including a 12-seat bar. 

The occasional acoustic musician may make an appearance, he said, but otherwise no live entertainment is planned.

The board stipulated the tavern will close at midnight on Sundays and 2 a.m. all other days, and in the warmer months will shutter the facade by 10 p.m. There will also be no happy hours or cover charges.

Ultimately, the board's recommendation is only advisory and the SLA will determine whether the tavern gets its license. 

The Redhead space is in need of a few minor renovations, Stewart told DNAinfo New York, but if all goes according to plan the new tavern should be up and running by the spring, he said.