Rustic LES on Ridge Street Shutters; Vacate Order Issued

Posted on: August 12th, 2014 at 5:51 am by
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Rustic LES – the homey Moroccan bistro at 124 Ridge Street – recently shuttered after a bumpy two-year tenure on the east side. There had been high hopes for the food truck gone brick-and-mortar, but ultimately the concept was a tough sell to the neighborhood. Of course, it didn’t help that scaffolding obstructed the premises for the last year of its life.

That trellis of ironwork is part of the story. Due to the lack of structural safety at 124 Ridge, the Department of Buildings issued a Partial Vacate Order last Thursday. Seems pretty serious, actually – “Severe detrioration at 1st floor has compromised floor load capability, vacate imposed at 1FL restaurant.”

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There is also a partial stop-work order for 124 Ridge. Demolition and apartment renovations up above apparently caused partial ceiling collapse in the first-floor restaurant space.

To be honest, though, the restaurant had been on deathwatch long before the city-mandated closure. Owner Yassir Raouli attempted to unload the property last February in an asset sale. Luis Arce Mota of Ofrenda and Cafe Condesa appeared before Community Board 3 and secured approval to take over both stores. The new restaurant was to be called Bar La Contenta, but the deal then fell through. A short-lived makeover as Bistroshopp wasn’t enough, either.

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