Happy Ending Now Doing Sushi with Underground ‘Sushi Belly Towers’
Happy Ending is scraping the bottom of the barrel. Now, the club has teamed up with a former olympian and noted sushi chef for a new culinary offering.
Michael Stember, an olympic track athlete in the 2000 Sydney games, made a name for himself in the last few years for his “Sushi Belly Tower” happenings. To the lay-person, these were secret sushi pop-up events on a monthly basis. Now it’s a bit more permanent thanks to a joint venture with Happy Ending on Broome Street called Belly.
Belly had been in soft open mode since just before the new year and is now locked and loaded. Stember’s “straightforward and simple a la carte menu” is offered Tuesday through Saturday nights. Official inauguration was this past weekend.
According to his website for parent company Upstream Foods, the demand for trendy sushi parties was too great to keep everything private.
Word spread quickly of these beautiful performance food experiences. And demand pushed Sushi Belly popups to 10 U.S. cities over three years. Clients yearned for increased access to these experiences and top ingredients in the comfort of their own homes and private events. Upstream Foods was born as vehicle to take the underground secret sushi society above ground.
As for Happy Ending, it’s still a neighborhood scourge. The nightclub was denied a liquor license renewal by Community Board 3 last summer – remember it was accused of using an upstairs apartment for its kitchen – but the state disagreed with the recommendation. So, it’s still there. Oh, and the DOB partial vacate order which is still listed on the property…
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