3/15/2013 10:43:00 AM

Bowery Rises: Changes at Tropical 128, Two New Venues Planned

146 Bowery
The temporary shutter of The General isn't the only news coming out of The Bowery today. We've heard rumors for a while about changes at divey downtown gem Tropical 128, and a visit the other day confirmed that developments are afoot. An employee told us Tropical's owners are remodeling its back area, adding banquettes, though maybe not bottle service. And regarding the large, raw basement space beneath the bar (once said to be part of a project by the Randolph team), we hear the Tropical people have plans for an eventual lounge, which might or might not involve an investor from Tao.

 It would be a long way out, as a full build-out and liquor license approval from notoriously draconian CB2 would have to happen. However, a rep from the real estate company that owns practically the whole block denied that any sort of club would be permitted, and the Community Board is in no mood to approve more nightlife venues after the recent scuffle with Bow. More as this shapes up.

Meanwhile, elsewhere on that block, word is the corner space at 146 Bowery/341 Broome Street, formerly a lighting store, is slated to become a restaurant from the folks behind Harry's Steak; no word on whether it will offer Italian food or something else. A real-estate company rep told us the eatery is mainly intended to service Sohotel, in the same building. However, we hear if Harry's is not able to secure a liquor license, they have the option to pull out. And down the street, next door to the Randolph at Broome, we're told a D.O.C. pizza place is going in. Many changes for an area that's clearly on the up-and-up, despite resistance from the neighbors.


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