Under Pressure, the Sixth Ward on Orchard Street Dismantles Illegal Rear Yard

Posted on: March 16th, 2015 at 5:10 am by
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The Sixth Ward on Orchard Street probably didn’t want to be doing this right before St. Patrick’s Day. After all, its backyard had been a popular gathering point during dedicated booze bashes like these. However, it’s a small price to pay after violating quality of life on the block since opening seven years ago.

We received a dispatch from the field that the rowdy sports bar at 191 Orchard has completely dismantled its illegal rear yard. This in response to a protracted battle with both the Department of Buildings and State Liquor Authority that continues to present day.

The structural takedown was actually months in the making, a piecemeal effort which began with the removal of the fire trap glass enclosure back in December. (There is only one egress from the bar) It’s rather obvious that the Sixth Ward ownership is trying to clear its name by resolving the littany of ECB and SLA violations associated with the address. The likely strategy here is to eventually obtain the proper Certificate of Occupancy for the bar and yard, as well as the Public Assembly permit to allow for more than 74 patrons.

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Meanwhile, the Sixth Ward continues to operate on an “inactive” liquor license, which was not renewed after November 30. The SLA is currently considering the case to have its privileges revoked altogether. There have been a handful of disciplinary hearings the last few months where testimonies were heard. We are told that both sides just produced their written closing statements this week, so the final judgement should be handed down fairly soon. It’s certainly possible, however unlikely, that the liquor license is forfeited.

In retrospect, the Sixth Ward was a bait-and-switch operation from the get-go, presenting itself as a vegetarian restaurant to score a full liquor license. That couldn’t be further from the truth seven years on. Perhaps we’ll be seeing a changing of the guard in the coming months…

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