Gallery Bar on Orchard Street to Close Saturday Night; Max Fish 2.0 Coming Soon

Posted on: May 12th, 2014 at 6:03 am by
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Saturday night will be the finale for Gallery Bar. The oft-problematic art-bar at 120 Orchard Street is currently set to close on May 17 with a “cocktails and art” party. In recent weeks, the bar seemed only to open on the weekends. But it’s all a moot point. As we’ve been reporting, the historic Max Fish is waiting in the wings for its reboot.

Gallery Bar opened shortly after 13 Little Devils was evicted from 120 Orchard Street. To put it lightly, the spot was a nuisance neighbor that found itself the subject of NYPD raids in the epic nightlife crackdown of 2011. Or, as one tipster once noted, “the worst, most poorly sound-proofed club on the Lower East Side.” Co-owner Darin Rubell has since been trying to unload the problem child for years, as evidenced by a slew of liquor license applications at this address that ultimately fizzled.

Max Fish, which was swapped out of 178 Ludlow for Sweet Chick, will now take the torch here. The latter received a symphony of support from Community Board 3 to proceed at this address, despite the concerns of building residents and other businesses on the block.

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