Sarid Drory Buys Rob Shamlian’s Hell Square Nightlife Empire
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There’s a new mayor in town, and his name is Sarid Drory. In one fell swoop, dude purchased three problematic Hell Square bars; all belonged to the controversial Rob Shamlian who is no longer part of the Lower East Side nightlife scene. He finally made due on his years-old promise.
Back in January, Drory, nascent owner of Artisanal, received approval from Community Board 3 to purchase the assets of both Spitzers Corner and Los Feliz. With regard to the latter, however, approval was contingent upon converting the stand-up bars to service bars, and reducing hours to 12am during the week and 2am on weekends. Drory did not accept these stipulations, and it’s now business as usual.
Drory had returned to the SLA subcommittee last month with a new application as the owner of the entire Los Feliz corporation. Ergo, the community board can’t demand new stipulations.
Both deals went through, nevertheless.
Now it appears Sarid Drory has also acquired Fat Baby (or will, soon enough). According to the CB3 agenda, Drory seeks blessings tonight for the 100% corporate change. This turn of events is not surprising, though, as Shamlian previously told us he was looking to sell this business.
Despite the new ownership at all three venues, we can likely expect more of the same. Par for the course in Hell Square.