Rob Shamlian Admits that Fat Baby is for Sale ‘When the Right Offer Comes Along’

Posted on: January 6th, 2015 at 5:23 am by
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The Hell Square empire of Rob Shamlian is crumbling bar by bar. That much we’ve chronicled these last few months.

When word broke yesterday that, not only Spitzer’s Corner and Los Feliz were for sale, but that The Derby was as well, the controversial nightlife impresario confirmed that he’s all but finished with the neighborhood. He’s apparently sick of the “hostile neighborhood groups and blogs with no culpability” for tracking (and pouncing) his every move.

“So, in spite of the area improving in regards to business and tourism, it’s simply not worth it for me,” Shamlian posted in a comment appended to our story.

Almost in the same breath, we learn that Fat Baby at Rivington and Essex is also up for grabs, albeit “when the right offer comes along.” Suitors, take note, but beware the financial grounding on which it stands.

From Shamlian:

Wow… It’s amazing the lack of real information. Usually I wouldn’t respond but sometimes it’s nice to set the record straight.

No, I am in no trouble with the IRS because I pay my taxes and my places are on the books. No, this isn’t a “fire” sale. No, I didn’t drop the price. Yes Spitzers and Los Feliz are making the same amount of money they always have and so are the employees.

The Derby however isn’t making money which is why I have that for sale. The reasons for these sales isn’t a decline in business. It’s a quality of life issue and I’ve had enough of the hostile neighborhood groups, the blogs with no culpability who are able to spout whatever nonsense they think of, and the constant harrasment. So, in spite of the area improving in regards to business and tourism, it’s simply not worth it for me. Yes, I will also sell Fat Baby when the right offer comes along.
Rob

It’s debatable whether the area is, as Shamlian notes, improving with regard to business and tourism. Count the vacancies.

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