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Finally! Sunshine Co. Opens For Dinner—and Drinks

While waiting for a full liquor license, the owners of the Washington Avenue restaurant have decided to open in the evenings for dinner, wine and beer.

 

Sunshine Co., the new restaurant at the corner of Washington Avnenue and Sterling Place, will break in their brand new beer and wine license Saturday night beginning at 6 p.m.

Owners Alexander Hall, Sabrina Godfrey and Kenny Nix decided to go ahead and open with just the beer and wine license after their request for a full liquor license hear was delayed yet again after months of waiting.  

In late December, the Washington Avenue bar/restaurant opened for brunch, serving seven days a week until 5 p.m. The trio had hoped to wait for the liquor license before adding dinner service but after their application was accidentally left off of the SLA meeting on Jan. 30, they applied for and were granted an expedited beer and wine license to use in the meantime. 

"We just couldn’t wait any longer. I had to open, we were going broke," Hall said Friday. 

Saturday night's service will just offer drinks and "bar snacks." On Tuesday the restaurant will kick off daily dinner service.

Hall and Godfrey also own Vanderbilt Avenue's Milk Bar and Bluebird Coffee Shop on the Lower East Side. This is their first restaurant/bar.

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The restaurant will offer "elevated American fare" and "a really well-cultivated cocktail menu," said Godfrey, adding that it will be "kind of like Milk Bar on steroids" or a "younger version of the Vanderbilt."

The drinks would be "what you would find in a very fancy cocktail bar, like  The Clover Club, but in a more casual, friendly, non-pretentious way," Godfrey said.

Nix designed and built the restaurant, creating a striking decor in which every aspect was carefully chosen, from the black and white tile floor, to the wrought iron  to the modern light fixtures and the fabric on the banquette.  

Sunshine Co., is located at 780 Washington at Sterling Place. Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 5, its hours will be M-Th 12-12, Fri. 12-2, Sat. 10-2 and Sun. 10-12

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