‘Compass’ Needs One Before Opening at Doomed 154 Orchard Street

Posted on: August 5th, 2015 at 5:13 am by
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The post-Mission mission, as it were, has commenced at 154 Orchard Street. Although the plans have changed rather drastically since our last progress report.

Tal Lavi – proprietor of Third Avenue Ale Housepreviously lobbied to install a Mediterranean concept (tentatively called “Shalom Tov”) in the former rat den that housed Mission Chinese Food.

While progress on the interior is most certainly palpable, Tal Lavi is no longer involved. According to documents submitted to Community Board 3, three co-principals – Beka Peradze (ODA House), David Giorgobiani, Omari Chubinidze – are instead gunning for the two southernmost stores at 154 Orchard (that includes the former Fox & Jane Finishing Bar). It looks like the stacked square-footage will be combined into a bi-level eating and drinking establishment.

As such, a full liquor license is sought for the business. Two bars are planned, one of which is earmarked as a service bar. Capacity is capped at 30 tables and 74 patrons, as dictated by Certificate of Occupancy. Closing times are 11pm daily. Cuisine and menu are unknown at the moment.

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We’ve said this before. These hopefuls are stepping into a heaping pile of doo doo by choosing 154 Orchard. This basement space is rife with building issues, both health- and safety-related. That’s why chef Danny Bowien bolted, then sued landlord Abraham Noy.

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