Max and Eli Sussman Balk on ‘Samesa’ at 121 Orchard Street, Jean-Luc Richard Opening Gallery Instead
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Word dropped over a year-and-a-half ago that longtime housing goods store Sheherazade was moving from 121 Orchard Street. Sales were advertised and leasing signs installed. Its self-stated expiration had been June 2014, but the business forged ahead, presumably month-to-month, until a month ago. And like that, its ten-year tenure is now concluded.
For a hot minute in June, Eli and Max Sussman of Mile End and The Cleveland pitched “Samesa” for the spot. It was to be a Mediterranean bar-restaurant, and appeared on the SLA agenda for Community Board 3 to obtain a full liquor license. But the brothers balked and never returned with said plans. Instead, renowned gallerist Jean-Luc Richard is planting a flag here.
Indeed, following the ever-repeating trend, the Chelsea Galerie Richard is moving to 121 Orchard. Build-out just began within the last few weeks with gut renovation well underway.