Richard Boccato Reportedly Opening Asphalt Jungle in the East Village

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The bar at Dutch Kills. Photo: Patrick Siggins

Two principals from Dutch Kills are angling for a full liquor license at the old Mercadito Cantina space in the East Village, EV Grieve notes. The blog noticed a public notice posted on the property's front door listing Richard Boccato, who just also co-opened Sweetleaf in Long Island City, as a partner at the new space, which will be called Asphalt Jungle. He and his partners will go up before Manhattan's Community Board 3 next month. [EV Grieve, Earlier, Related]