Mediterranean Bar Hopes to Nab Doomed Mission Chinese Space on Orchard Street
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Looks like one hopeful restaurateur is interested in taking over the lower level of 154 Orchard Street. This address, of course, is the notorious previous home of Mission Chinese Food. The space comes with a terrible vermin problem and a backyard that is not legal (a death trap, even). Chef-owner Danny Bowien is still embroiled in a lawsuit with landlord Abraham Noy over these very concerns.
Nevertheless, one Tal Lavi would like to open a tapas style bar with a “Mediterranean healthy orientation” (working name of Shalom Tov). It’ll lean heavily on Israeli/North African fare, a self-described “combination of Westville Market sides and [Cafe] Mogador spices and herbs.” As for the backyard, it’ll become a “garden” to grow herbs and the like for use in the kitchen.
Somebody forgot to tell Mr. Lavi, though, that this space is a dangerous minefield. Get out while you can, dude.
154 Orchard has been peddled on the open market of late for upwards of $10,000 in monthly rent, alongside empty broker promises that the space is easy to license. In fact, we hear that realtors are pushing unlicensed spaces up and down Orchard Street with such guarantees of liquor licenses. The scam is sure to fool these latecomers who have no idea that this is Hell Square, defined by the city as a saturated area.