Matthew Kaner Working to Open Bar Covell in New York

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The details are very thin at this stage, but Matthew Kaner, budding empire ruler/restaurateur, "magnetic" lover, and seller of wine at Covell, is planning a New York offset of his (and Dustin Lancaster's) beloved and quirky Hollywood wine bar**. Kaner tells us the location may be lower Manhattan, but he and his team are still trying to gain traction on the ground just to obtain the precious liquor license from the State Liquor Authority. Covell's famous for its abandonment of printed wine lists and bespoken wine ordering, so maybe that would work better in Brooklyn? No word on whether the East Coast location will also get an ornamental hanging moped.

**UPDATE: Matthew Kaner contacts Grub Street to say, "There are no immediate plans, only thoughts and hopes and wishes."