R Bar Already Gutted Ahead of Conversion to ‘Rebelle’
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R Bar closed for good two weeks ago amidst news that a new operator is seizing the space. As reported last week, the new restaurant entity is dubbed Rebelle. It’ll be helmed by Daniel Eddy (Spring, in Paris), Andrea Venturelli, and elements of neighbor Pearl & Ash. Little else is known at the moment.
Meanwhile, the landlord wasted no time in gutting the joint. Take a peek inside 218 Bowery to see what’s left of the R Bar. Demo workers have been on site the last couple mornings to remove the debris.
An opening is expected sometime next spring.
Apparently there were some shenanigans around this closure. The R Bar restructured its ownership last year, and, from what we understand, the landlord – The Bowery House (aka Bowery Dream LLC) – was apparently added as co-signatory to the lease. Said landlord allegedly decided to terminate the lease without any prior warning.
Bowery House also leases space to Pearl & Ash.