New Village Restaurants Coming Soon

Former Chow Bar space

We thought we would take a look at two anticipated arrivals to the Village dining scene today.  First, we have Alex Stupak’s new venture, Empellon.  We’ve heard rumblings of this project for a while now.  Last Fall, Community Board 2 asked the owners to garner more community support before returning to have their liquor license application reconsidered.  In December (on the third try, the application was finally approved and they expect to open in March at the old Chow Bar space on W. Fourth Street.

Stupak was the former pastry chef at WD-50 and cut his teeth as a sous-pastry chef at Mario Batali’s Babbo.  He has said that Empellon’s menu will focus on simple Mexican dishes with solid execution.  The restaurant will close at 2am and will be sound-proofed.

Empellon, 230 West 4th St. near West 10th St. (set to open in March 2011)

Next, The Mussel Pot plans to start serving seafood on Bleecker Street this month.  We haven’t been able to find any details.  Let us know if you have!

The Mussel Pot, 174 Bleecker Street at Sullivan (set to open this month)


About Akerly Real Estate

Mike Akerly grew up in Orange County, CA and lived in Irvine until he left to attend the University of Southern California. After graduating with a BA in Political Science, he worked in talent and literary representation at agencies and management firms such as ICM in Beverly Hills and Media Talent Group in West Hollywood. While there, he had the opportunity to work on behalf of artists such as Angelina Jolie, Billy Bob Thornton, Mira Sorvino, Forest Whitaker, Robert Rodriguez, Danny Boyle, and Baz Luhrmann. While in Los Angeles, Mr. Akerly began his career in real estate as a landlord in Orange County before moving on to New York City to attend law school at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. There, he completed his Juris Doctor with concentrations in real property law and corporate law while he continued his real estate investments with acquisitions in Manhattan. Today he is licensed in California, New York, and Massachusetts. Kate Akerly was born in New Jersey and raised in California. She attended college in Los Angeles where she received her BS in sociology from Mt. Saint Mary’s College. After college, Kate was introduced to real estate as a landlord in Orange County, California. She later moved to New York City where she worked for a city agency that handles civil complaints of alleged misconduct on the part of the New York Police Department. After being promoted to Senior Investigator, she decided to move on to begin her career in real estate brokerage. Kate is now a licensed real estate salesperson who has handled more than one hundred New York City real estate transactions. Mike and Kate now work together from their TriBeCa office in New York City. Together they service clients in residential and commercial brokerage throughout the boroughs. The team also considers investment opportunities in multi-family properties, mortgages, and trust deeds, nationwide. During their free time the two enjoy travel, good wine, great food, and friends. They have advanced certifications in deep water scuba diving and are avid skiers and snowboarders. They reside in Greenwich Village in New York City. If you are interested in purchasing, selling, or leasing residential or multi-family property in New York, California, or Massachusetts, please contact the Akerly Real Estate Team at (212) 400-4838 or via e-mail at
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