Farewell, Nice Guy Eddie’s: Restaurant Taking Over

UntitledDaniel Maurer

After a 16-year run, Nice Guy Eddie’s will be replaced by a restaurant operated by Darin Rubell, the owner of Ella and Gallery Bar, documents posted on the Community Board 3 website reveal.

David McWater, the owner of the bar at Avenue A and East Houston Street, has not returned an email seeking comment. Mr. Rubell also had no comment. A liquor license questionnaire, prepared for the community board’s SLA committee in advance of a meeting next week, says that the new 10-table restaurant will serve “American comfort food” from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. everyday. It also notes that the restaurant will include “numerous” televisions, raising the possibility that it will continue catering to sports fans. No word yet on whether the new joint will be dominated by boisterous Philadelphia Eagles fans on any given Sunday, as is the case with Nice Guy’s.

Mr. Rubell recently considered taking over Life Cafe, but that deal fell apart following failed negotiations between the restaurant’s two landlords, Bob Perl and Abraham Noy. According to the questionnaire, Mr. Perl’s company Tower Brokerage was involved in the lease for the new restaurant owned by Mr. Rubell.

Will the watering hole’s iconic Kiss mural stay? We’ll have to wait and see.