Rochelle’s on Chrystie Street Slapped with Vacate Order by FDNY

Posted on: May 5th, 2014 at 5:44 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

Their Twitter handle carries the slogan – “Bad decisions, served nightly.” Guess the clunky-named Leave Rochelle Out of It lived up to this hype, as the six-month-old bar was shuttered by the fire department. The vacate order was handed down on Saturday evening, and applies to both the ground level and the 205 Club in the cellar.

The official adhesive was applied to the front door after the inspection, and spells out the conditions pretty clearly. Namely that “The Fire department has determined that conditions in this premises are imminently perilous to life in case of fire.” So, there’s presumably an issue with occupancy and egress.

This image has been archived or removed.

Nightlife chatter earlier this year already revealed that Rochelle’s was having trouble staying afloat, so this closure will certainly hurt the bottom line.

It’s worth noting, in the same breath, that Rochelle’s briefly closed last Sunday (into Monday) for some unspecified “maintenance.”

UPDATE from the Rochelle’s crew: “Leave ROCHELLE Out of It is temporarily closed as we are working to solve the issue at hand with the FDNY. Rochelle’s has all of the proper certificates noted on the violation, and we are working through the proper channels to resolve the situation. Rochelle’s plans to re-open shortly and will continue to serve the Lower East Side as one of The Line Group’s most successful and esteemed venues.”

Leave Rochelle Out of It was controversial from the get-go. Real estate mogul Michael Shah of DelShah Capital, who owns the building, proceeded to open a bar with Matt Levine’s name still on the liquor license (from Cocktail Bodega). The two remain embroiled in a protracted lawsuit. Brett David and Stephen Yorsz are creative directors; convicted felon Victor Jung is also involved in the project (served time for stealing $1.3 million from NBC Universal), though he’s denied to us in the past.

Recent Stories

Levain Bakery to Open First Downtown Location on Lafayette Street Next Week

In a first, Levain Bakery is headed downtown. News that we first reported in March 2019. Now, more than a year after breaking the news, the sweets shops confirms that next Wednesday (February 26) is the opening date at 340 Lafayette Street (at Bleecker Street). Teaser signage in the window had promised this debut as […]

Hoy Wong Restaurant Fades After 42 Years on Mott Street

A Chinatown stalwart is now retired. The Hoy Wong restaurant at 81 Mott Street closed down last weekend. A handwritten sign on the front door explains that the lease was up, and ownership elected to retire instead of renew. The eatery spent 42 years in the neighborhood and a popular pit-stop for locals and tourists. […]

Scarr’s Pizza is Planning a Second Location at a Midtown Food Hall

Out of nowhere, news that Scarr’s Pizza is expanding to include a second city location this spring. Eater had the scoop yesterday, citing the website of the architecture firm Le Whit, which lists the pizzeria as client. The new location is similarly small – 250 square-feet, but “reiterating the restaurant’s current branding” with its “retro […]

Talkin’ ’bout My Generation: Memories of Bill Graham and the Fillmore East

While working on our story about the new “Bill Graham and The Rock & Roll Revolution” exhibit at the New-York Historical Society, this reporter started collecting personal stories and memories of Graham’s legendary music venue, the Fillmore East. Located on Second Avenue and East 6th Street, the building began life in 1926 as The Commodore, […]

Chatham Square Library Closed for ‘Building Repairs’ Until Next Month

The Chatham Square Library is currently down for maintenance. The so-called “building repairs and improvements” are scheduled to last through February 29, with the library itself to reopen the following Monday (March 2). Until then, borrowers can return books and periodicals to the Seward Park branch just down East Broadway. The Chatham Square branch of […]