Old Man Hustle Beats Underage Drinking Rap and Reopens

Posted on: December 14th, 2015 at 5:14 am by
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After a brief timeout, the old man is back in action on Essex Street. He beat the underage drinking charge.

You’ll recall that a pair of sales to minors led to the state-imposed closure of Old Man Hustle last week. Narcs had purchased drinks on two separate occasions last summer, according to the summons that was taped to 39 Essex Street. The pincer action was likely the cherry on top of complaints from neighbors over alleged quality-of-life infractions. But time on the sidelines only lasted two days; the joint reopened Friday evening for business.

Old Man Hustle debuted at 39 Essex Street in the fall of 2013, the subtle successor to Sweet Grapes Wine Bar. The arty hang is one of those rare Lower East Side establishments that champions the creative underground scene, be it through comedy shows or free-form acoustic performances.

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