Happy Ending Closes for Good; Oliver Stumm Taking Over
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Rub one out for Happy Ending. The swanky nightclub at 302 Broome Street reached climax long ago, but eventually faded. Commercial real estate listings for the bi-level space had been fairly common these past few years.
Oliver Stumm of Cafe Select made a play for the business over the summer, a move which Community Board 3 ultimately approved. The sale of assets went through shortly thereafter, and now the space is shut. Official closure was sometime in the last couple weeks; security gate is perpetually drawn and the phone line is disconnected.
Broome Street Neighbors, enjoy the brief respite. If the proposed method of operation is any indication, we can likely expect much of the same from the new regime. The plan here is for a bar-restaurant with a somewhat ambiguous “art space” component. Sounds similar to Gallery Bar. Some of the agreed-upon liquor license stipulations [PDF] include operating as a full service restaurant, playing ambient background music only (no DJs), and serving food at all hours. Uh huh.
On a related note, the Deadly Dragon Sounds record shop relocated its long-running reggae party a few blocks away to the Delancey.