Leaving Ludlow, Lucky Cheng’s Drag Bar is Again Seeking a New Home

Posted on: February 16th, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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Two items of note: Lucky Cheng’s is looking for a new home and Ariel Palitz is now a broker for Tower Brokerage.

First things first. Last week, the real estate firm announced an open call to landlords and brokers to solicit interest in the twenty-three-year-old drag bar. Ownership is actively seeking a new HQ, which essentially means their questionably-legal occupancy on the second floor of The DL at 93 Ludlow is nearing conclusion.

Prospective locations sought are pretty much anywhere in Manhattan. The marketing literature for the “legendary drag restaurant and revue” indicates willingness to settle on a 3,500 square-foot spot anywhere within the midtown/downtown sphere. So, a pretty wide radius. Rent range is $22,000-32,000, and must include full kitchen and “minimal column obstructions.”

See the ad below…

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And the broker pitching the bachelorette party palace? None other than former Sutra proprietor (and onetime CB3 member) Ariel Palitz. Her long-running nightclub on First Avenue shuttered more than a year ago, and later became The Grayson.

The popular cabaret – open since 1993 – had relocated from First Avenue to Times Square back in 2012, but was never quite the same. Two years later, owner Hayne Suthon passed away of breast cancer, and her venue followed suit. Or so everyone thought. Lucky Cheng’s rebounded with her daughter Josephine at the helm, and briefly considered the old Living Room spot on Ludlow. They ultimately paired up with The DL, christening a separate side entrance. The temporary arrangement lasted until now…

Time’s up.

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