‘Happy Ending’ Allegedly Using Upstairs Apartment as Prep Kitchen, Neighbors Claim

Posted on: June 22nd, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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For neighbors, and even some patrons, Happy Ending is anything but. It’s a perennial scourge that continues to extend a middle finger to the neighborhood. So, recent chatter of an alleged apartment kitchen servicing the club is just more of the same.

A change in ownership didn’t really change the status quo at Happy Ending. Since Oliver Stumm took the reins and installed his phony “art bar” concept two years ago, there’s been more controversy. So much so that the establishment is reportedly considered the number one offender in the 5th Precinct when it comes to complaints.

Most notable, of course, was the allegation last summer that an employee raped a female patron in the bathroom; also co-owner/manager Teddy Perwieler was reportedly barred from entering the club thanks to allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend, and Happy Ending investor, Julia Fox (that case was adjourned “in contemplation of dismissal” and Perwieler was forced to pay $600).

These were two of the examples that residents discussed during Monday’s Community Board 3 meeting. Happy Ending is up for a license renewal in September, but the SLA subcommittee decided to rub it out. Impassioned opponents mentioned ownership’s non-caring attitude, the encroachment of noisy patrons, velvet ropes, ubiquitous cigarette butts littering the sidewalk, non-responsive nature, and overall non-compliance with their stated method of operation.

Also publicly revealed at the meeting this week were allegations that the establishment is occupying an apartment upstairs for its kitchen needs. Specifically as a food prep area. This jibes with rumors we had been hearing the last several months, but nothing conclusive nor photo evidence. One former tenant, who asked to remain anonymous, previously claimed that there are/were numerous food runs between a second-floor dwelling and the club-restaurant downstairs. Apparently the elevator is used to shuttle dishes from the residential area to the commercial space below.

Our source said:

Really hate being THAT guy, who complains and such, but working basically from home – most hours of day and night – it’s starting to get a bit much – smells of burned food, constant doors slamming shut and dishes rattling in the hallway while they occupy the elevator every second of the day, super loud music and the like…

Binding stipulations connected to the liquor license indicate that the kitchen must be open and serving food during all hours of operation. In the “restaurant.” Nowhere does it mention an upstairs annex.

It’s not clear whether Departments of Buildings or Health have been alerted to the issue; we don’t see any complaints or permits on file in the city’s databases.

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