The John Lamb Restaurant Jumps from Essex Street to Unfinished Orchard Street Hotel

Posted on: March 26th, 2015 at 5:17 am by
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The boutique hotel at 119 Orchard Street is still hobbling to the finish line after nearly five years of demolition and stop-start construction. We’ve had an unencumbered view of the facade for many moons, but it’s still an active project site. Now there is some progress to report regarding the ground level commercial unit, which has been on the market since November 2013.

That American-style restaurant we told you about at 119 EssexThe John Lamb – recently changed its tune and is moving two blocks westward. Same number, different street. Yes, its principal John Valentine (formerly owner of FireBird in midtown) just signed the lease for the 1,500 square-foot retail space at 119 Orchard. Apparently its bid for the old Brannon’s fell through, even after securing approval from Community Board 3 for full liquor.

For the John Lamb, Valentine will pay $15,000 per month on a ten-year deal. Damn, that’s steep. And possibly a mistake, considering Valentine must first appear before CB3 or the State Liquor Authority for the proper permissions.

Meanwhile, property owner Shimon Avadi is trying to install a hotel liquor license on premise. The application has been on the docket for months, yet always a withdrawal at the last minute.

Hey, what’s another few liquor licenses for Hell Square?

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119 Orchard St., May 2010

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