Behind the Plywood at Tiny Fork on Orchard

Posted on: January 16th, 2013 at 6:28 am by

tiny-fork-plywood-2

The lavishly updated Slipper Room reopened to much fanfare last fall, but its ground-level building mate is still hobbling toward the finish line. We’re talking, of course, about Tiny Fork, Rob Shamlian’s newest Lower East Side nightspot with Frank Vivolo from Bruschetteria. As previously reported, the joint venture is an oyster bar that’s been in the works for well over two years. On-premise liquor license was just activated last week.

While the splintered plywood of 167 Orchard Street (aka 87 Stanton) continues to collect layers of bills and stickers, the interior buildout continues. Though, you wouldn’t know it. Thanks to some breaks in the shed, we have a first glimpse of the antiseptic new establishment. Just ignore the giant stack of bricks directly in front. Looks like we have wooden exterior and cream interior.

tiny-fork-plywood-1

Rob Shamlian also tried to open a basement club on premise, but backed down in the face of community pressure spearheaded by the LES Dwellers NIMBY group. Remember these posters from September…?

hell-square-hate-3

And for no other reason than to walk down memory lane, here’s a gratuitous shot from 2009

slipper-room-2009

Recent Stories

kenmare-garage-demolition
With 7-Story Condo on the way, Death Finally Comes to the Last Garage on Kenmare Street

The last parking garage on Kenmare Street closed at the end of June and is already under the knife. Time has come. The gift box wrapping of nets and bars arrived last month, alongside announcements of the requisite rat baiting throughout the premises. After just a week of demolition activity, the the top floor is dismantled. […]

rutgers-bump
Humping on the LES (or How the DOT Installed New Area Speed Bumps)

Two sidestreets on the Lower East Side are recipients of speed bumps this month. Rutgers Slip, just above South Street, acts as an exit ramp of sorts for motorists coming from the FDR Drive/South Street. Cars tend to speed away northbound after turning onto the narrow street. The new road hump should deter that. In […]

near-far-rivington
Miller’s Near & Far Closes for Good on Rivington Street; ‘Hemlock Restaurant’ on the Way

It’s curtains for Miller’s Near & Far, thus concluding three years and change at 65 Rivington Street. The burger bar shuttered at the end of July, without much fanfare. Apparently that reboot one year ago wasn’t quite enough to sustain the bottom line. So, after sitting vacant for a month, the store is already accounted for. […]

cow-theater-closing
The Idea Distillery will ‘Give Curiosity a Home’ at Former COW Theater on Clinton Street

Where two experimental theaters failed in a basement on Clinton Street, a new “home for curiosity” will soon take hold. Following in the footsteps of the COW Theater and Judith Malina’s legendary Living Theater before it. When we last revisited 21 Clinton Street, the enormous subterranean space was being peddled for $11,000 per month and key […]

71orchard-bing-2
Jianbing Newcomer ‘Bing Kitchen’ on Orchard Street Sidelined Due to ‘Water Damage’

Bing Kitchen is off to a rocky start on Orchard Street. The snack shop newcomer, which specializes in the Chinese street-cart staple “Jianbing,” has been closed for the last week due to ambiguous “water damage” on-premise. That much is made clear via handwritten sign on the front door. While the “tomorrow” timeline was crossed out, ownership […]