Sutra on 1st Avenue Transformed to Murray Hill-Style Sports Bar Called ‘Bar Akuda’

Posted on: May 5th, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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What you’re look at is the former location of nightclub Sutra, completely transformed after months of gut renovations. Stripped bare and put back together again as a full-on sports bar.

The First Avenue nightspot, founded by Community Board 3 member Ariel Palitz, closed last fall after ten years on the block. The establishment was boxed at the end of November, just in time for holiday season, but finally shed the weight last week. Chalk it up to spring cleaning. Its transformation to Murray Hill-style sports bar is now complete.

And with it, a new name. Bar Akuda. A linguistic permutation that sounds awfully familiar to the fish (i.e. barracuda). No joke. Here’s a description from the official Facebook page. You’ll note that pitch to get NYU students through the door.

SPORTS BAR IN THE LES.BRUNCH,LUNCH & DINNER.YOUR FAVORITE BEERS,COCKTAILS & MIXED DRINKS. SPECIALS, HAPPY HOUR, STUDENT DISCOUNTS, NYU & CORPORATE PARTIES

Bar Akuda was dreamed up by co-prinicpals of Mercury Bar and Tonic East, Keith McKeon and Kevin Caulfield. This “sports-themed” replacement bar-restaurant boasts some 12 TVs. CB3 approved the sale of assets in August, yet without the vote of Palitz, who sits on the SLA subcommittee. Liquor license is currently pending with the State Liquor Authority (under Allyn LLC) for 16 First Avenue.

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