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Seen & Heard: Gotan No Longer Accepts Cash

••• The windows at 1 White southeast corner of W. Broadway, next to Clementine) are unpapered. The Department of Buildings paperwork says the space will be a restaurant, but I spoke with the owner, who said nothing has been decided.

••• The notice in the window at 94 Reade (where Tribeca Treats was) says that Torishin yakitori restaurant’s liquor-license application will be discussed at tomorrow’s Community Board 1 Licensing Committee meeting, but the CB1 agenda doesn’t mention it. I’m hoping for clarification from CB1.

••• I did receive from CB1 the info sheet about the liquor-license application for Fish Republic at 139 Duane. The proprietor is Efraim Bason, who has a seafood business—wholesale, retail, and restaurant—called Out of the Blue that’s based in Hampton Bays, with an outpost in the Bronx. I haven’t been able to reach Bason, which is a shame because I’d love to know whether there’s a chance of a retail component at Fish Republic. (I won’t be able to attend the CB1 Licensing meeting.) Out of the Blue’s restaurant menu is pretty standard East End seafood restaurant stuff; perhaps Fish Republic will step it up a bit for the big city.

••• C. reports that Gotan has joined the ranks of businesses no longer accepting cash. And I had no idea it had spawned cafés in Midtown Chelsea, and Williamsburg (with one in Harlem on the way).

••• The gallery at 72 Warren is evidently called On the Fringe. Its next show opens tomorrow: “Passerby” by Japanese watercolor artist Michiyo Fukushima. “Passerby follows the artists work spanning 15 years. As a native of Japan, she considers herself a Passerby in NYC, capturing the enduring Effigies, City Scenes and the under-noticed
visuals that might have a lasting impression on our hearts and minds.”

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