Rumor: It’s No Deal for Rob Shamlian’s Hell Square Nightlife Empire
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Looks like Rob Shamlian isn’t getting out of Hell Square that easy. Reliable sources inform us that the deal for his three marquee establishments in the area completely tanked.
You’ll recall that the notorious Shamlian has been trying to ditch Spitzer’s Corner, Fat Baby, and Los Feliz since last January. (The Derby was successfully unloaded to the Martignetti brothers for Pizza Beach.) One man stepped forth to take on the debt – Sarid Drory, nascent owner of Artisanal. Sale of assets measures were approved by Community Board 3 for each of these troubled bars earlier this year.
Many months passed, and many simply figured the deals went through. Apparently not. A tipster relayed intel directly from the landlord of one of the buildings that the transactions are altogether dead in the water. Word on the street is that Drory apparently didn’t have the cash layout for the businesses.
So, Shamlian is here to stay, albeit with sinking ships.