A new gastropub serving late-night eats is coming to 174 West 72nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam avenues. The site which sits below the Fred Astaire Dance Studios has been vacant for over a decade but has a long history of housing Irish Pubs, with P.D. O’Hurley’s and Donohue’s as previous tenants.
“We’re trying to create something that’ll bring more people into the neighborhood” said co-owner Michael Nash during Wednesdays Community Board 7 meeting. While a name for the establishment hasn’t been established yet, Nash also noted he and his team are aiming to cater to locals who work and live in the area too. They’re hoping to be open by the end of the year.
Nash and his business partner, Carmel Galvin, plan to be open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. with a kitchen operating until 3 a.m. With Gray’s Papaya no longer running 24 hours, this potentially brings another needed late-night asset to the community. Current late-night options in the neighborhood include McDonald’s at 72nd Street, Hungry and Healthy Marketplace at 163 West 72nd Street, and Little Italy Pizza at 2047 Broadway.
Nash and Galvin’s team of principal owners claim to bring over one-hundred years of experience in the hospitality industry, both as owners and as severs in New York City. The group currently runs two mid-town spots: Rumors Bar & Grille at 938 Eighth Avenue and Faces and Names Bar at 159 West 54th Street. Both businesses close at 4 a.m., so a late-night pedigree appears right in their wheelhouse.
Nash said he’s looking to “Light up the neighborhood a little. It’s kind of dark there late night.” They do not have plans to have live music.
The Business & Consumer Issues Committee voted five in favor with none opposed to the applicant’s (currently d/b/a West 72nd Café) liquor license application.
Community Board 7 member Doug Kleiman was fired up with the potential of what could be coming to West 72nd Street. “I can tell you that there is a dearth of late-night establishments. You know, the attitude of ‘the city never sleeps.’ I don’t know, it’s been a little sleepy. So, I for one will be really excited to know that there’s another late-night place. Some of the 24-hour diners are no longer 24 hours anymore. So very good to hear.”