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)