Sapphire Lounge Closes for Expected 3-Month Renovation Period
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You could call it the end of an era, cliche as it may be. The twenty-year-old Sapphire Lounge is now closed to undergo a planned remodeling. Saturday night was the sendoff party for the old space at 249 Eldridge Street. Owner Jahan Salarimatin tells us, “[We closed] Sapphire for soundproofing and revamping for 3 months.”
The news isn’t completely surprising, though, as the renovation plan was initially proposed last July. Yet the alteration was met with some local drama.
What it all boiled down to was a liquor license renewal without the input of the Eldridge Street Block Association. This upset the neighbors, who marched to the State Liquor Authority to ensure their stipulations – which were already being discussed with ownership – were included on the alteration approval. Soundproofing was one of said stips, and therefore a result of the back-and-forth. All is now amicable on the block, we are told; liquor under the bridge.