‘Round K’ Cafe Opens at Samy Mahfar’s 99 Allen Street

Posted on: June 26th, 2015 at 10:26 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

Allen and Delancey is changing again.

Samy Mahfar purchased 99 Allen Street from Heaven Way Buddha Church in September 2013 for $4.4 million. After two years of renovations, including a jet black makeover, the storefronts are finally stocked. And like all of the other properties in the SMA Equities roster, the exterior carries that same black and glass look.

The first commercial tenant for the property post-renovation arrived four months ago. Mak Beauty Bar opened in the north store in early February. It’s a pretty standard issue unisex salon that offers a range of services including cuts, blowouts, coloring, and makeup.

Moreover, as of earlier this week, Mak has some company. The adjacent south store has returned to its food-tinged lineage (RIP Fried Dumpling). A cafe called Round K just opened, and will try to challenge the popular Berkli Parc on the corner. To that end, ownership will seek a beer-wine license from Community Board 3 in mid-July.

It’s also worth reiterating that Empanada Mama is also relocating to this same block from its former East Houston perch. This much larger location broke ground in March, and is still undergoing renovations. Upon completion, it’ll boast a full liquor license.

Recent Stories

Services Now Offered to Chinatown Seniors at Confucius Plaza

A new retirement community program is headed to Confucius Plaza on the Bowery. Earlier this week, Councilwoman Margaret Chin joined Confucius Plaza Management, Hamilton-Madison House staff, and local seniors at the 44-year-old complex to unveil the new Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) entity. The facility is aptly named The Joy Peace Center, and offers social […]

At 60% Occupancy, 196 Orchard Taps LES Gallerist for Revolving Lobby Art

The synergy between high-end condos and galleries is on full display at Ben Shaoul’s Lower East Side condoplex. It is here, in the lobby of 196 Orchard Street, that local gallerist Lesley Heller has been tapped to curate a revolving placement of art. The residency began this week. Heller – who runs her eponymous showroom […]

Sunshine Cinema Office Development Hit with Stop-Work Order over Excavation

The city halted construction on the commercial office development set to replace the former Sunshine Cinema. Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, Department of Buildings deployed inspectors to the project site and subsequently issued a full stop-work order due to excavation activities. Public records show that “foundation work with excavators” caused “structural cracks” in both the […]

Claw Money Closes Delancey Street Boutique

Street artist Claw Money recently closed down her Delancey Street store. Now encased in plywood shed, the space is undergoing renovation. And joins the litter of other commercial vacancies at 101 Delancey. Indeed, the handful of divided storefronts comprising 101 Delancey went under the knife nearly a decade ago, and largely remained dormant. Except for […]

Happy Ending for the Good Luck Spa as it Reopens on Orchard Street

The good luck is back, as the Chinatown spa of same just reopened. You’ll recall that the Good Luck Spa on Orchard Street fell victim to a police sting last month, and was busted for prostitution. The proverbial happy ending treatment for customers. The business only remained closed for a minute, and was back at […]