NYC Bar May Drag Its Boots, Saddle to Chelsea

8.14.2014

By Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez

Boots & Saddle may have a new home after decamping from Christopher Street.

Boots & Saddle may have found a new home, after rising rent drove them from their current location on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village.

Robert Ziegler, owner of the famed drag bar, applied for a liquor license at the prospective location at 290 Eighth Avenue in Chelsea (pictured), according to DNAInfo. The move would be an upgrade for the bar — the new space will allow for 285 people and space for a restaurant.

"It will be more of a restaurant than a bar," Ziegler told DNAInfo. "A sit-down place with drag shows."

This is the second location Boots & Saddle has eyed. The first attempt would have put the bar at 37 Barrow Street, but Community Board 2 denied the liquor license at that location.

It is up to Community Board 4 to approve the liquor license at their next meeting on September 9 and then the State Liquor Authority will have the final say.

"There's a lot of bad history in the area, and we need to figure out how best to operate," Ziegler told DNAInfo. "We like to be a good neighbor."

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