‘Analgoue’ Team Proposes ‘Greyhound’ Cocktail Bar on Orchard Street

Posted on: July 11th, 2017 at 5:00 am by

The duo behind West Village hotspot Analogue is headed to Hell Square. Jared Gordon and Jesse Wilson are on the Community Board 3 docket this month to impart a new bar on Orchard Street. Where Black Tree/Raw Material previously held court.

According to application materials filed with CB3, Greyhound will be a cocktail bar that also boasts a “raw seafood bar and assorted American alternatives.” The space itself is rather narrow, and the seating is matched to fit – mainly barstools (22) and a couple tables in the back. The principals seek 3am closing times in an area already saturated with liquor licenses, ballooning late-night crowds, and legitimate public health concerns.

Gordon and Wilson opened Analogue on West 8th Street in September 2013, an establishment that the Times once described as an “antidote to noisy pubs and velvet-roped sanctums.”

This location on Orchard Street is familiar with failure, though. Black Tree entered the scene in May 2013; it lasted three years before owner Sandy Dee Hall closed and rebooted as Raw Material in September 2016. The latter establishment survived an additional eight months until its closure back in May. Inspectors had shut down the establishment in an apparent coordinated by the Health Department and the State of New York Workers’ Compensation Board. Eviction followed shortly thereafter.

The liquor license also expired back in March, according to public records, so 131 Orchard is now technically an unlicensed location. Also, a prior attempt by landlord Samy Mahfar to install kitchen venting was disapproved by the city in February 2016. To that end, there is a note on the $30,000 job which reads, “A no good check exists on this job.” Below is the definition [PDF] of this category, per DOB…

When a no good check is submitted the job filing will be placed on hold and No Good Check Fee will be added to the original fee. A $20 fee will be added for each no good check that is received. Please note that once a hold is placed on a job filing the hold will not be lift until we have received notification from the bank that the subsequent payment has cleared. This can take at least five business days from the date of submitting the subsequent payment.

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