Two Restaurants in One

Last December, restaurateur Matt Abramcyk explained his new plan for 109 W. Broadway as “Two different menus…. Upstairs lighter [and] fish-centric. Downstairs great cocktails and smoked meats.” At the time, how one restaurant could encompass all of that was a mystery. It turns out that there will be two distinct restaurants—not just with different menus, but also with different names—in the former Super Linda space. Downstairs, as previously announced, will be the barbecue-focused Holy Ground, with chef Franco Vlasic and Nathan Lithgow as Abramcyk’s partners. Upstairs, as revealed at last night’s meeting of the Community Board 1 Landmarks Committee, is being called A Summer Day Café. (Whether Vlasic and/or Lithgow are involved is unclear; no further individuals are listed on the liquor license.)

Because the building is landmarked, any changes to the atrium and new signage need to be reviewed by CB1 and approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The atrium and metal framing in the Reade Street windows will be painted a gray-ish white, and the atrium roof will be made of standing-seam metal. CB1 had no objections to the plans. What remains unknown is where signage for Holy Ground will be, and when either establishment will open. Below are the preliminary menus for both places, as presented to CB1 in December of 2016 for liquor-license approval.

P.S. I think you can ignore how the rendering at top eliminates the ghost sign on the W. Broadway side and the entrances on Reade (including the one for Tenoverten salon on the second floor); the rendering exists simply to show the signage.



  1. Looks fantastic! Any idea when it is opening? I am so tired of looking at the defunct Super Linda space.

  2. …and for the vegetarians? I guess (as is so often the case) we get to search the menu and piece together a meal we can eat.

  3. Wow – the starters are actually served on plates. Fancy! ; )