The Last 2 Bars Depart Orchard and East Houston for Ben Shaoul’s 10-story Condo Development

Posted on: April 15th, 2015 at 4:54 am by
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It took the Sledgehammer Ben Shaoul just over a year to acquire and boot the businesses at the corner of East Houston and Orchard Streets (Boogie broke the news in December 2013). But the deed is finally complete. Last night, the remaining two operators were finally forced from the block. Both bar 200 Orchard and Karaoke Boho were spotted dismantling the stores and clearing out their effects. It won’t be long now before demolition begins, and a new 10-story condo rises instead.

For Karaoke Boho, this buyout is a blessing in disguise. The deal ultimately led them to a much larger location in the former Tammany Hall space down the block, which allows for 21 private rooms across three levels.

200 Orchard wasn’t so lucky, though. The bar is presently out of business. However, ownership did mention to us that they’re searching for a new spot.

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The corner is now dark. Once a bustling row of restaurant businesses, the square parcel is nothing more than darkened version of its former self. The proverbial ghost town.

It’s certainly worth noting that, before Ben Shaoul purchased the parcels and forced everyone out, ten fast food eateries and bars served the area. Yes, not all were the most perfect neighbors, but neither is a ten-story condo building that replaces longtime favorites and further waters down the character of this neighborhood.

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