For the Cast, the Hunt Ended with the Great Frog on Orchard Street
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Antique purveyors The Hunt are barely out the (back) door of The Great Frog, and The Cast is already rearing to reopen.
It’s been a difficult few months for the punk rock leather brand. Owner Chuck Guarino was forced from his five-year-old space at 71 Orchard Street back in June thanks to a rent hike from the Malachite Group. These jokers purchased the building back in May for $25.6 million. And now they’re having trouble renting the shoebox space.
Nevertheless, the Great Frog across the way came to the rescue almost immediately, offering a front-of-house placement to sell jackets. Turns out, that setup worked well, because the boutique was able to score the back room; the Hunt, which it replaced, just moved down to Canal Street, as previously reported.
Guarino announced a date for The Cast 3.0 (its third location in a decade) at 72 Orchard. Relaunch is pegged for this weekend; most likely Saturday, we’re told.
The Cast was founded in 2004, and first operated at 119 Ludlow Street (currently the Con Artist Collective). The move to a space above ground – 71 Orchard – happened back in 2010.