Redemption NYC Owner Eyeing 138 Orchard for New Venture
The upscaling and subsequent oversaturation of upper Orchard Street is unstoppable. Each utilitarian old-world business to fall seemingly results in another liquor license application (and approval). Not to mention, of course, the handful of half-built hotels limping toward completion, all of which will eventually boast bars upon opening. The threat of deluge between Delancey and East Houston is very real.
And now, an unnecessary infusion of sterile Midtown blood is in the works. Indeed, the group behind Redemption on 53rd and 2nd is now eyeing the narrow 138 Orchard store, formerly Healthy Drive bodega, a casualty of last summer. The plan here is going for broke – 4 am full liquor license seven days, with American food served. Occupancy is 70 heads, with enough room for a bar and 25 small tables.
So, yet again, we have utility supplanted with marginal benefit.