New expansions are on tap for L.E.S. bar, music venue

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  A trendy Lower East Side establishment is planning an expansion, and will be seeking a new liquor license at the Community Board 3 S.L.A. Committee meeting next week.

ForgetMeNot, a restaurant and bar located at 138 Division St., is in the process of adding a new dining area to augment its current space, which is less than 1,000 square feet. The restaurant has been in business since last summer, and also added a few outdoor dining tables several months ago.

Adam Heinbach, one of the co-owners of the place, said on Sunday that ForgetMeNot will expand to occupy the adjacent 42 Canal St. space currently held by Ling Kee Beef Jerky, which serves Malaysian cuisine.

Ling Kee will reportedly be moving next door, to 44 Canal St.

Heinbach said that virtually all of the lease paperwork for the expansion has been completed, and that he hopes to be in the new dining room space by the end of the year.

He and other representatives of ForgetMeNot will be at the C.B. 3 S.L.A. Committee meeting on Nov. 18, to ask for a recommendation for a full liquor license to cover the new space. ForgetMeNot already has a full liquor license for its current dining area, but Heinbach pointed out that the establishment will need an additional license to serve drinks to customers in the back room.

Heinbach said that ForgetMeNot currently serves food and drinks until 1 a.m. throughout the week, and added that those hours will be kept the same in the new space. He also noted that there will not be an additional bar constructed as part of the expansion.

And at another meeting on Nov. 19, the C.B. 3 S.L.A. Committee will hear a request from The Delancey, at 168 Delancey St. The establishment is seeking a license alteration to host live music in its basement space, and additionally hopes to be granted a change in classification from a restaurant to tavern. According to state guidelines, a restaurant is an establishment more focused on serving food than alcohol, and a tavern has a primary focus on serving drinks, while also offering food.