The new venture at the corner of Magazine Street and Nashville Avenue planned by a husband-and-wife team of celebrated New York City restaurateurs received high marks this month from the City Planning Commission, which sent it to the City Council with a positive recommendation.
Sean Josephs and Mani Dawes are planning a restaurant with a baked-goods breakfast selection, a casual lunch, oysters in the afternoon and casual fine dining for dinner, with a menu designed in part to complement the bourbon selection that is a mainstay of Josephs’ other restaurants.
He owns Char No. 4 in Brooklyn and Maysville in Manhattan, while Dawes is the owner of Tía Pol, a tapas restaurant in Manhattan.
The commission’s recommendation came with several conditions, including that the restaurant must close by 10 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, limit the bar area to 15 percent of the floor space, keep the outdoor seating off public property and enact a litter plan.
The council will have the final say. The site is in Councilwoman Susan Guidry’s district.
In a meeting with neighbors in September, the couple emphasized their desire for a “neighborhood” restaurant. Dawes is from New Orleans, and the couple has moved to a home two blocks from the proposed eatery, they said.
The Audubon Riverside Neighborhood Association has reached a good-neighbor agreement with the couple, and the group did not oppose the project at the Dec. 9 commission meeting.
“The neighborhood is generally in favor of the opening of this particular establishment,” president Sharon L’Hoste said, but that support is based on the conditions in the agreement.
The couple said they are fully on board with what was hashed out with neighbors.
“We’re very excited to open a neighborhood restaurant,” Josephs said.