LOCAL PROFILES: Stacey Sosa (Estancia 460) (10.2.17)
One of our favorite LBC watering holes, Estancia 460 (we liken it to our “Cheers” where everybody knows our name), is owned by the indomitable Stacey Sosa. Stacey can be found always looking chic with a glass of wine and a loud greeting and we couldn’t love her more. Estancia is a place where the pours are strong (something we take seriously at LBC) and you get to know all of your neighbors (even a celebrity or two….for example, a recent Justin Timberlake sighting…).
Here’s a little more about Estancia and how Stacey got started and continues to thrive below Canal Street….
How did you get started?
Way before Estancia 460 I was waiting tables in L.A. A lot happened after that including acting, dancing, marriage, a move to Europe and finally a move to Tribeca (in 1994) and a baby. Estancia started in 1993 as “Sosa Borella”, really a cafe at the time. Doing the 7am coffee thing got old and I decided to get involved and change up the business model. Instead, we reimagined Sosa Borella as a restaurant. After my divorce, I kept the restaurant, eventually renaming it Estancia 460 in 2007. That’s when I felt I really became a true restaurateur. 10 years later, I’ve learned a lot and Estancia has become a true neighborhood spot.
How has living below Canal Street impacted your business?
Never thought about that. I’m so happy that I am located here. That said, it took awhile to build the business, probably because of the location. Back in 1996 it was no man’s land except for artists. There was no commercial businesses so we have always been a word of mouth place. But those are the customers I love, interesting, loyal, adventurous!
After Sept 11th this part of Tribeca really became its own neighborhood, sort of a Little Italy I would say, without Bugsy Malone!
What is your favorite part of owning a business below Canal Street?
The people who gravitate down here whether to live, to work or play are some of the most interesting people. I want to be friends with all of them!
What is the best part of living below Canal Street?
When I was first living down here, there was no waiting list for pre schools, let alone PS 234 or PS 89. My kids safely learned how to rollerblade and ride bikes on the wide sidewalks that were empty at the time. The parents here are really invested in their kids so it has created a very tight knit community with people giving back to the schools and the local businesses.
What’s your favorite local spot other than Estancia?
If I am not at Estancia (sitting on the deck, heckling or getting heckled by my very favorite Vinny Licata, the sergeant of Tribeca) I creep 1 block above Canal Street to the Ear where I feel right at home because if my customers are not here they are there!
Tell us your best story. We know you have a lot to share since Estancia is a local watering hole for regulars and celebrities alike....
When Robert Redford called…
(LBC NOTE: We will make Stacey elaborate next time she’s back from Mendoza and has a few glass of Argentinian wine in her…)