Chances Are bar will serve pizza

Chances Are, a bar at the corner of Christopher and Greenwich Sts. that local residents protested about vociferously several years ago when it was known as Two Potato, recently closed without much fanfare.

Neighbors had been bothered by noise and crowded sidewalks from the bar, known for its lip-synching drag-queen performers. They had accused City Councilmember Christine Quinn of not doing enough to combat the problem, charging she was reluctant to crack down on a gay establishment.

The word is now that the place will become an Italian restaurant or pizza place.

The former bar on the ground floor of the two-story building is boarded up and no one responded to the doorbell for the upstairs office last Thursday morning. But a waitress at Sweet Life cafe next door said there are new owners, who she has seen, and the place’s interior is currently being renovated.

“They’re Italian. They’re going to have Italian food,” she said. “Pizza, I think, too. They put a pizza oven in.”

She said the bar had been “very rowdy” but didn’t really affect the cafe since they close at 8 p.m.

Tim Duffy, a Sixth Police Precinct community affairs officer, said Two Potato had been a source of complaints, but not particularly worse than other bars in the precinct, such as those on Bleecker St., for example.

“We had issues with it,” said Duffy, who patrolled the Christopher St. beat for nine years until 2000. “But a trouble spot — no. Quality of life, hanging out outside, noise, drinking on the sidewalk, cabaret issues” were the main problems, he said. “It wasn’t horrible.”

“They weren’t doing business and that’s why they closed down,” said Duffy. “We heard it’s going be a pizzeria.”

— Lincoln Anderson

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