R Bar on the Bowery Shutters Ahead of Transformation to ‘Rebelle’
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Word on the street is that R Bar and its stripper poles are out to pasture. Closed for good. There had been recent talk of its demise, but it finally came to fruition this week. Its disconnected phone number is further evidence.
This sudden loss of R Bar makes sense, though. Florence Fabricant reports in the New York Times that Daniel Eddy (Spring in Paris) joined Andrea Venturelli and elements of Pearl & Ash for a new venture at 218 Bowery. The culinary colony will be called Rebelle, and should open sometime in the spring. There is no further information on the concept, and principals will need to appear before an entrenched Community Board 2 for booze.
If we had to guess, neighbors are probably glad to have a restaurant over a club with excessive rowdiness.
R Bar grew out of the former Pioneer, which the owners decided to transform in 2006. They tapped British designer Benjamin Kay for the makeover, resulting in that whole strip club vibe.