Danny Bowien Sues Mission Chinese Landlord; Rat-Infested Restaurant Space Now for Rent

Posted on: August 7th, 2014 at 6:03 am by
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Mission Chinese closed for good in November 2013, with chef-owner Danny Bowien having then refocused on Mission Cantina up the block.

Now, according to a report on Eater, Bowien is suing landlord of 154 Orchard Street – Abraham Noy – for “leasing him the Lower East Side space when it was not actually up to building code, and for then refusing to make any repairs to it.” And let’s not forget the mouse infestation. The chef-owner seeks north of $500,000 in damages.

In the meantime, after nine months as a shrine of its former self (i.e. menus in the windows), the south storefront of 154 Orchard Street is now for up for grabs. Behind that new leasing sign in the window, the restaurant space has been completely cleared of furnishings. We can’t find much online at the moment regarding the listing, but it’s a veritable minefield as Bowien’s lawsuit can attest.

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Illegally enclosed back deck at 154 Orchard St.

No business owner in their right mind would open here right now. We’ve already seen a slew of hopefuls try and fail in the last few years. And it would probably take a ton of cash to alleviate major issues. Issues Bowien acknowledged both in the lawsuit, and in a previous farewell letter.

Indeed, it’s not just the mice and rats from the construction site at 145 Ludlow that plagued the restaurant. The illegally enclosed back deck – a crown jewel – remains a veritable death trap. As first reported in January 2013, the patio covering is a liability, allegedly composed of a flammable mix of plastic, wood, and tar paper. This area is a total liability.

For these reasons Danny Bowien closed his operation here.

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