Report: PKNY Planning Move to East Village with New Name
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The artist formerly known as Painkiller hasn’t had the easiest existence at 49 Essex Street. Since its inception three years ago, the tiki bar suffered a string of DOH closures, and was even forced to change its name to PKNY due to a lawsuit brought on by Pusser’s Rum. Its latest run-in with the authorities was back in February, it being one of many nightlife establishments targeted in the coordinated Multi-Agency Response to Community Hotspots (MARCH) assault. Their infraction, like t’others, was alleged underage drinking, and resulted in closure.
Although reopened, we’re now hearing some bigger news about the future of this joint. A source familiar with the situation alleges that PKNY is planning on leaving Essex Street in July for the pastures of the East Village. It’ll reportedly carry a new name and be more “fancy” with food offerings. The change should go down sometime in August. Fair warning, brothers and sisters.