The Last Dance: Cafe Dancer Shutters After 3 Years on Orchard Street

Posted on: June 1st, 2015 at 5:10 am by
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Three years into its run, the misnomer of a club at 96 Orchard Street – Cafe Dancer – is donezo. The last dance, so to speak, happened the night of May 19, and was capped with the spray-paint farewell (i.e. “RIP”) at its entrance.

Cafe Dancer had been on shaky ground for the last two months, when real estate listings first began to appear online. Indeed, the lower-level watering hole is currently being peddled on the market as the perfect option for a “romantic wine bar” or speakeasy. Square Foot Realty Inc. has the listing for the 600 square-foot space at 96 Orchard. Rent is $5,624 plus an unknown amount in key money.

However, its selling point of a “hard to get full liquor license” is somewhat misleading. Future hopefuls angling to open a bar here must first appear before Community Board 3 with a new application for a sale of assets; then to the State Liquor Authority for approval.

Cafe Dancer had previously hit a rough patch in the spring of 2012. Two months after debut, the establishment closed for remodeling and to improve “food and bar operations.” That closure lasted about six months.

The achilles heel of this sub-level space is visibility. So far, sequential successors to Cougar Shoes, which downsized over six years ago, equally struggled to really get the word out. (Amoskeag XX, Vie De France)

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