Rob Shamlian

‘Fat Baby’ on Rivington Street is Dead, Now Renting for $23K Per Month

Posted September 11, 2017 at 5:11 am

“Gone Fishin,” the handwritten note says in the door portal of 112 Rivington Street. Fat Baby is gone for good, indeed. However, it doesn’t appear that a sale of the bar actually transpired. Sources had previously noted that Fat Baby was acquired, but would undergo complete transformation (including namesake) to attract a high-end clientele. To […]

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Fat Baby Closed Down on Saturday Night [UPDATED]

Last modified August 30, 2017 at 11:08 pm

Fat Baby, the controversial Hell Square club on Rivington Street owned by Rob Shamlian, is finished. It turned off the lights for the last time on Saturday night after a dirty dozen years in business. But a reboot of some sort is probably in the wings. The closure is most likely linked to the purported […]

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Fight for Hell Square Continues with Potential Sale of Spitzer’s, Fat Baby, and Los Feliz

Posted June 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

It’s no secret that Rob Shamlian has been trying to unload his remaining Hell Square holdings over the last few years. Last night, the nightlife operator came one step closer to his dream, when the SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3 approved a sale of assets for two of three area nightclubs. Ownership behind Boulton […]

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Report: Bloody Scuffle at Los Feliz this Month Highlights Hell Square Descent

Last modified January 8, 2017 at 10:14 pm

Los Feliz on Ludlow Street again proves itself to be one of the worst bars in Hell Square. Two men were arrested last week in the wake of a bar-room brawl this month at the six-year-old Ludlow Street taqueria. The early morning incident between two patrons began inside, spilled into the street, and left one with […]

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Rob Shamlian Makes Good on Promise and Sells off Spitzer’s Corner

Posted August 11, 2016 at 5:03 am

Controversial nightlife operator Rob Shamlian is finally making good on his promise to ditch the Lower East Side. Two of his three Hell Square holdings are changing hands as we speak. Not surprising. Shamlian has been “done with the Lower East Side” since at least 2011, and therefore willing to fully divest. The Derby was […]

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Two Men Were Stabbed Outside Fat Baby this Weekend [UPDATED]

Last modified March 28, 2017 at 11:29 pm

​Fat Baby is one of the establishments that lends credence the name Hell Square. A total blight, this place is. Its quality-of-life infractions, not to mention code violations and issues with the State Liquor Authority, are myriad. Early Sunday morning, just as the Rivington Street club was closing down, the situation outside apparently turned violent. […]

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Dress Before Drink: The Spitzer’s Dress Store of Yore

Posted February 9, 2016 at 10:14 am

The mere mention of Spitzer these days evokes not only the disgraced former governor, but images of an oft-crowded bar in Hell Square that has a penchant for angering neighbors. More than seven years of Spitzer’s Corner at Rivington and Ludlow Streets has been marked with plenty of controversy, from employee lawsuits and Department of Health […]

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Pizza Beach on Orchard Street Should be Open by ‘Early Next Week’

Posted October 14, 2015 at 5:18 am

Pizza Beach is days from debuting its new Lower East Side locale. In fact, its kitschy signage has been welcoming future patrons to the sands of the “Lower Beach Side” for weeks. The interior is now pretty much set and ready to go. Staff onsite confirmed that the pizzeria-bar should open “early next week,” but […]

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Rumor: It’s No Deal for Rob Shamlian’s Hell Square Nightlife Empire

Last modified October 9, 2015 at 8:04 am

Looks like Rob Shamlian isn’t getting out of Hell Square that easy. Reliable sources inform us that the deal for his three marquee establishments in the area completely tanked. You’ll recall that the notorious Shamlian has been trying to ditch Spitzer’s Corner, Fat Baby, and Los Feliz since last January. (The Derby was successfully unloaded to […]

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Sarid Drory Buys Rob Shamlian’s Hell Square Nightlife Empire

Posted June 8, 2015 at 5:00 am

There’s a new mayor in town, and his name is Sarid Drory. In one fell swoop, dude purchased three problematic Hell Square bars; all belonged to the controversial Rob Shamlian who is no longer part of the Lower East Side nightlife scene. He finally made due on his years-old promise. Back in January, Drory, nascent […]

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