Bacchanal Aborts Bowery Business After Less Than Two Years

Posted on: December 30th, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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That’s it, folks. Bacchanal on the Bowery is done for. After all the pay-to-play press, inflated hype, and local opposition, it appears that proprietor Peter Poulakakos pulled the plug on his lighting district restaurant-bar. 146 Bowery is now quiet, its windows sheathed in butcher paper; moreover, the business line goes unanswered and social media presence stopped earlier this year.

Bacchanal bowed in March 2014, and was three months shy of two-years-old.

Neighbors fought licensee Peter Poulakakos for over a year due its location in a saturated area. Indeed, until the failure of Bacchanal, the Sohotel at the corner of Broome Street carried five liquor establishments in its base (now down to four). The SLA originally denied the application, but reversed, and ultimately approved the measure in March 2014. A basement bar called Bacchanal Downstairs debuted this past spring, and is equally kaput, it seems.

So, just like that, former lighting district retail (i.e. Lite Elite) has been activated for liquor establishments into the future.

Here’s a view of the same corner before the conversion to nightlife…

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Lite Elite before its closure in 2010

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