Rob Shamlian Makes Good on Promise and Sells off Spitzer’s Corner

Posted on: August 11th, 2016 at 5:03 am by
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Controversial nightlife operator Rob Shamlian is finally making good on his promise to ditch the Lower East Side. Two of his three Hell Square holdings are changing hands as we speak.

Not surprising. Shamlian has been “done with the Lower East Side” since at least 2011, and therefore willing to fully divest. The Derby was the first sell-off, which eventually became Pizza Beach last year under the Martignetti brothers.

Now it’s Spitzer’s Corner at Rivington and Ludlow Streets. Despite unconfirmed rumors last fall to the contrary, it appears Sarid Drory (Cub Room, Waverly Inn, Artisanal) did, in fact, purchase the assets to the popular hangout. The sale reportedly went through in late May after the State Liquor Authority approved the corporate change (conditionally, at least).  Here are the details from the State’s LAMP  database.

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It also notes that a corporate change at Los Feliz is also in order. The State Liquor Authority hearing on that matter was scheduled for last month, but adjourned again until September (its final adjournment, according to the meeting minutes).

You’ll recall that Drory previously received approval from Community Board 3 in January 2015 to buy Spitzers and Los Feliz, both of which were reportedly up for grabs since 2014. He noted at the time that the former would be upscaled into a “high-end” restaurant with a “3-star Michelin chef” who would use “quality ingredients.” Moreover, the Spitzer’s reboot would install 90% new staff and serve “amazing” breakfast to the neighborhood. We’ll see if that happens, but not holding our breath.

Meanwhile, Shamlian still retains control of Fat Baby. At least for the time being.

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