Michael Shah Plans ‘Orchard Street Social’ Co-Working Space and Bar for Beckenstein’s Building

Posted on: May 3rd, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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Stanton Street Social, meet Orchard Street Social.​

Controversial landlord Michael Shah purchased the iconic “Beckenstein Building” at 130 Orchard Street last August for $28 million. The luxury rental property was quickly repositioned as “The Beckenstein,” and teamed up with Samy Mahfar’s Real New York brokerage for leasing.

And now Shah is planning nightlife on the 5,000 square-foot ground floor (plus 2,000 square-foot cellar), tapping a trend in many of his acquired buildings. It is here that he hopes to bring the “work, eat, play” mantra to something called Orchard Street Social. The 215-seat concept is described as a co-working space with a full liquor license that exudes a weathered industrial vibe. Or, in their words, “a fusion of workspace, retail, entertainment, and dining for the consumer who wants the most experiential experience on the Lower East Side and New York.”

Weekly comedy shows, live performances, art shows, and book readings are planned as programming. The goal is to be open from 9am to 2am daily. Full liquor.

Skeptical?

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Don’t be fooled by the unique concept here. There are two stand-up bars, including one in the basement. In a short time, you’ll likely see this morph into another Orchard Street club. The co-working space idea could be construed as a trojan horse of sorts. This is a previously unlicensed location in a saturated area, so there should be added scrutiny from Community Board 3.

Shah’s current resume includes Sons of Essex and Rochelle’s (the co-owner of which was arrested for Grand Larceny last November).

Michael Shah and Orchard Street Social will go before CB3’s SLA subcommittee in a couple weeks. Here’s a sample menu submitted with the application.

Orchard Street Social Menu Plans by BoweryBoogie

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