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Mediterranean Bar Hopes to Nab Doomed Mission Chinese Space on Orchard Street

Posted January 30, 2015 at 5:14 am

Looks like one hopeful restaurateur is interested in taking over the lower level of 154 Orchard Street. This address, of course, is the notorious previous home of Mission Chinese Food. The space comes with a terrible vermin problem and a backyard that is not legal (a death trap, even). Chef-owner Danny Bowien is still embroiled […]

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Macondo on East Houston Was Shuttered by the Taxman Yesterday, but Has Reopened

Last modified January 30, 2015 at 6:40 pm

Macondo on East Houston is kaput, six-and-a-half years after first opening. The taxman (i.e. tax compliance agent) came yesterday and seized its assets without warning. When we happened past the establishment later in the evening, the security gates were drawn and seizure documentation plastered across the facade. The State of New York is now the […]

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Report: Yonah Schimmel’s Says It’s Staying on East Houston

Posted January 29, 2015 at 5:12 am

Months of rumors to the contrary, Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery is reportedly to remain at 137 East Houston. We have been hearing persistent chatter from locals about a possible closure and/or move since last November. Our latest intel had it that their landlord intended to boot the century-old lunch counter. “We’ve been here for over 100 […]

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New Hot Pot Joint Angling for the Marly Building Supply Spot on Delancey

Posted January 29, 2015 at 5:00 am

Damn, that was quick. A month after Marly Building Supply dismantled its Delancey facility and vacated the Lower East Side, a noob is ready to take the torch. It should come as no surprise that it’s an eatery seeking a full liquor license. According to application materials submitted to Community Board 3, an establishment called […]

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Subway to Debut Sixth 10002 Outpost on Clinton Street Next Week

Last modified January 28, 2015 at 11:07 am

The sixth Subway franchise within the confines of 10002 (not a typo) mere days from reality. Storefront signage was installed last week at 200 Clinton Street (corner of East Broadway), and teases the promise of breakfast all day (don’t forget, plastic bread). Word on the street is that it’ll open shop sometime next week. Just in […]

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Former Via Tribunali Space Now Renting for $12K and Key Money

Posted January 27, 2015 at 8:00 am

Barely two months in the grave, the old Via Tribunali space in Hell Square is already be shopped around for new occupants. Several real estate listings have trickled through the faucet of Craigslist. From the look of it, the 800 square-foot ground-level space at 122 Ludlow is going for a pretty penny. We came across […]

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Here’s What’s Open on the Lower East Side During the Blizzard [UPDATING]

Last modified January 27, 2015 at 2:23 pm

We’re keeping track of restaurants, bars, and other businesses that are open during this blizzard of 2015. The list is a work in progress that we’ll periodically update. At least you’ll be able to hit the gym and get a new tattoo before shoveling the sidewalk… Here’s what we have so far, in no particular […]

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Rumor: A Century Later, Yonah Schimmel’s Knishes May Close Due to Rent Hike

Last modified January 26, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Not even a month into 2015, and already the high-profile Lower East Side closures are stacking up. The greats are fading. Streit’s Matzo obviously comes to mind, with fifth-generation ownership having sold the Rivington Street factory after 90 years on the block. That teary goodbye – and subsequent relocation to New Jersey – is planned […]

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La Contenta Opening in the Old Saro Bistro Space Next Month

Posted January 23, 2015 at 5:10 am

While residents grapple with the terrors of living under the thumb of Samy Mahfar, a new restaurant is opening in the commercial space of 102 Norfolk Street. As previously reported, a 14-seat Mexican joint called La Contenta Cocina de Barrio has taken the reins from Saro Bistro, which closed in April 2014 after a solid […]

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SLA Chairman Dennis Rosen Jumps Ship to Become Medicaid Inspector General Under Gov. Cuomo

Last modified January 22, 2015 at 11:19 am

Just when the neighborhood began to develop a true rapport, the proverbial rug is pulled out. Currently in his second term, Governor Cuomo has been busy bolstering his ranks. Last week saw a third round of appointments to various state jobs and committee posts. According to a report in the New York Times, it appears […]

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