At last night’s Washington Square West Civic Association meeting, Le Pain Quotiden brought in bags and bags of fresh baguettes and croissants for attendees. However, that didn’t save them from possibly having to delay construction on Le Pain’s second location at 140-142 S. Eighth Street (formerly Robbins Diamonds). Reed J. Slogoff of Pearl Properties was there to explain the historic renovation they are doing of the building (nine residential units will sit above Le Pain, three per floor) and explain the plan for a late July opening. Pearl’s attorney, Paul Herron, is applying for a conditional liquor license (Le Pain will serve bottled beer and wine inside and out) and an extension of premises to serve outside to the 24 sidewalk bistro tables (from Antwerp, Belgium, of course). The inside of Le Pain’s second location will have reclaimed Pennsylvania white pine hardwood floor and 82 more seats inside (including its signature communal table). The Association would like to make sure the outside tables and liquor won’t cause sidewalk traffic, and will make its recommendation of the project on April 12. Unfortunately because Le Pain approached the Association this month and not last (they weren’t ready), Pearl must wait until then for construction, delaying their timeline two weeks.
Slogoff hopes to be open before the end of July and has a ZBA hearing next Wednesday. When Le Pain Washington Square opens, it’s hours will be Monday through Thursday, 7am – 9pm; Friday, 7am -10pm; Saturday, 8am – 10pm; and Sunday 8am – 8pm.