Le Baron

Tri-level Sushi Clubstaurant ‘Juku’ Takes on Chinatown

Posted November 30, 2017 at 5:08 am

Le Baron is now officially succeeded by Juku, a multilevel Japanese small-plates establishment that debuted earlier this week. Its ascension was mired in local controversy, owed in large part to the transition (and corporate changes) after Le Baron closed in June 2015. Juku is a three-level clubstaurant, with “distinct dining areas.” Per Eater, a 12-seat […]

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Uneven Ground: Is there a CB3 Double Standard Regarding Chinatown Restaurants? [OP-ED]

Posted August 17, 2017 at 8:29 am

The following opinion piece was written by Chinatown activist, and Community Board 3 member Karlin Chan. As a member of Community Board 3, but primarily as a Chinatown resident, activist, and advocate, I cannot keep silent any further. It is disturbing to see CB3 apply different sets of rules when it comes to the SLA subcommittee’s […]

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Le Baron Replacement to Go Before CB3 Next Month

Posted June 29, 2017 at 5:10 am

The survivors of Le Baron, still holding onto hope of a successor establishment on Mulberry Street, are headed back to the community board level for further consideration. Principals of MJK Foods LLC had tried to score a full liquor license by going straight to the State Liquor Authority, but were apparently stonewalled. Indeed, MJK Foods now appears […]

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How One Chinatown Block is Mobilizing Against the Controversial ‘Le Baron’ Replacement

Last modified June 28, 2017 at 9:51 am

Le Baron has been dead in the water since June 2015, having dipped out for a “summer vacation” that ultimately proved permanent. Two years later, elements of the former ownership are still committed to opening a new nightclub on the spot, but Chinatown residents aren’t having it. So much so, that the Chinatown Residents Block […]

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Shady Le Baron Replacement in Chinatown Tries Again for Liquor License

Posted June 20, 2016 at 5:14 am

Chinatown longtimers aren’t taking too kindly to the influx of newcomer nightlife. Whether it’s the cool kids at Mr. Fong’s, the incoming Winnie’s replacement on Bayard Street, or faux area aesthetic of Chinese Tuxedo, none are seemingly welcome. A unified front is established, spearheaded by neighborhood activist Karlin Chan. His latest conquest is 32 Mulberry Street, […]

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Andre Saraiva’s ‘Cafe Henrie’ Expanding with Second Outpost on Forsyth Street

Posted June 9, 2016 at 5:00 am

With all ties to Le Baron (and whatever succeeds it) seemingly broken, former co-founder Andre Saraiva is focusing on a new empire. That of Cafe Henrie on the Lower East Side. The French cafe debuted in September 2015 at 110 Forsyth Street. Now, barely nine months later, Saraiva is looking to expand the business. On the […]

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Is this Le Baron ‘Small Plates’ Replacement a Bait-and-Switch?

Posted May 4, 2016 at 5:12 am

The shiny shoes of Le Baron will be filled, and by a familiar face at that. Former co-owner Ron Castellano (Santos Party House, Rosette) seeks to impart a “sushi restaurant and bar” in the former home of Le Baron at 32 Mulberry Street. The as-yet-unnamed establishment (MJK Foods LLC) will serve a menu of small plates, […]

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Le Baron Won’t be Returning to Chinatown, Here’s Why

Posted March 11, 2016 at 9:36 am

Popular French club import Le Baron won’t be returning to Chinatown. The operation shuttered last June out of the blue for “summer vacation” and never reopened. That announcement came via Instagram, which promised a return in fall 2015. Not so much; and we now understand why. Scope out the Marshal’s seizure notice, dated March 9 (two […]

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