‘Red Compass’ Soft Opens Tomorrow at Former Mission Chinese Space on Orchard Street

Posted on: December 29th, 2015 at 5:17 am by
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Over on Orchard Street, the Red Compass points to Georgia. As in, the country.

After more than three months of renovation work, this so-called Red Compass at 154 Orchard is now complete. We are told that the soft launch for the Georgian-style restaurant is tomorrow, with the more official grand opening planned for sometime after the new year. The accommodations seem pretty lavish – thirty tables across two rooms, and even a small upright piano. Vibe is very much like a study with plenty of exposed brick, wood, and books.

The proprietors were approved for beer and wine only after the prospect of full liquor proved futile in the face of Community Board 3. Smart money says an upgrade effort will begin with the next year.

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As previously mentioned, principal Beka Peradze (ODA House) is at the helm of Red Compass, which occupies both the former Mission Chinese Food space and the adjacent space that heretofore hosted the David Owen’s Vintage boutique (now at Rivington).

We’d also be remiss if we didn’t reiterate that the south basement store of 154 Orchard is front-and-center in a lawsuit between Danny Bowien and landlord Abraham Noy. Legal proceedings are still ongoing. Of course, there are also legit safety concerns with the backyard, including illegal enclosure (fire hazard) and the lack of Certificate of Occupancy.

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Photo: Red Compass

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