Rob Shamlian’s ‘The Derby’ Opened on Orchard Street This Weekend, Replacing Tiny Fork

Posted on: April 21st, 2014 at 6:03 am by


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The Derby replaces Tiny Fork on Orchard St.

Controversial bar owner Rob Shamlian debuted The Derby in Hell Square at the end of last week, as expected. The corner nightspot had been under a quick renovation regimen since closing earlier this month; the floor was ripped up and overall decor updated. By Saturday afternoon, the place was its usual noisy self, thanks in part to a rather large sidewalk cafe (which is legal, according to the Department of Consumer Affairs).

This new Southern-style bar-restaurant brings with it not only an updated menu (“biscuits and bourbon”), but facade-hugging awnings and another gaudy neon more befitting Miami Beach than New York City (at least this one doesn’t blink). Items of note include fried chicken, chicken fried beef, and Rib eye steaks.

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The Derby replaces his unsuccessful attempt at following the recent seafood trend with Tiny Fork.

Meanwhile, Shamlian is still in the strategy phase for securing full stand-up bar privileges in the basement. He tried going straight to the State Liquor Authority for Tiny Fork, but was categorically lambasted by Chairman Rosen, and walked away empty-handed. He then appeared before Community Board 3 earlier this month to obtain the same for The Derby, and was pretty much stonewalled into withdrawing (thanks to a short-fuse temper).

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