Redemption NYC Owner Eyeing 138 Orchard for New Venture

Posted on: December 3rd, 2012 at 6:09 am by

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.

Recent Stories

Photo: Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery
Iconic Local Street Artist Lee Quiñones Featured at Nicole Klagsbrun Pop-Up Gallery on Grand Street

Longtime gallerist Nicole Klagsbrun is stepping outside the Chelsea orbit to dip toes into the Lower East Side gallery scene. The longtime gallerist, who operates a showroom on West 26th Street, just launched a pop-up installation at 291 Grand Street. Beside the open-air Chinese markets in a corner building perennialy seeking pop-ups. Rather fittingly, the pop-up […]

tenement-museum-board-2
Tenement Museum Replaces Tourist Information Board on Orchard Street; It’s Quickly Vandalized

The Tenement Museum has been making headlines these last couple weeks. Mainly due to the crowdfunding campaign to help preserve and restore 97 Orchard Street. And now… That Tenement Museum tourist information board at the corner of Orchard and Delancey Streets just received an upgrade. Last week, the Lower East Side institution swapped the signage […]

tiengarden-closing
Tiengarden Vegan Restaurant Closes Today After 20 Years on the LES

In which the Lower East Side loses yet another longstanding restaurant. Hell Square has no love for Tiengarden. Indeed, news came down the pike that Tiengarden, the vegan restaurant at 179 Allen Street, is closing after business today. Thus concludes two decades for the establishment in this neighborhood. An overall lack of foot traffic on […]

bar-akuda-1st-ave
Sutra on 1st Avenue Transformed to Murray Hill-Style Sports Bar Called ‘Bar Akuda’

What you’re look at is the former location of nightclub Sutra, completely transformed after months of gut renovations. Stripped bare and put back together again as a full-on sports bar. The First Avenue nightspot, founded by Community Board 3 member Ariel Palitz, closed last fall after ten years on the block. The establishment was boxed […]

IMG_2401
Uncapped: Spinning and Painting with DJ JS (aka JERMS)

For this installment of Uncapped, we caught up with DJ JS (aka JERMS) from Rock Steady Crew, FTR, OTM. BOWERY BOOGIE: How long have you been in the game? DJ JS: Overall, I’ve been deejaying and doing graff a little over 25 years. I started graff around 1987, but didn’t enter the scene with pieces I felt […]