For a hot second, there was a rumor that Scott Conant was taking over the West Village corner location of the shuttered Paris Commune, but now Grub Street confirms that Stephen Starr, Philly and New York’s big-shot restaurateur, appeared for a second time at the SLA committee meeting last night, seeking to sell liquor at the casual, unnamed eatery (something he’s hinted about before). Apparently, Starr wants to expand into the residential co-op that houses the restaurant, but co-op shareholders and neighbors are worried about noise, congestion, and closing hours. The committee asked to him come back next month for another hearing, and suggested he iron things out with his new neighbors in the interim. Starr told Grub Street that he was “confident” all concerns could be worked out.
He’s feeling comfy and cozy.